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Black’s a pawn up, but White has a trick up his sleeve. Won by Helling in 1933.

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Here’s a blast from the past…the 19th century. White wastes time with some pawn moves and Black takes advantage of it. The game started out: Horwitz-Bledow, 1837: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.c3 Bb6 5.d4 Qe7 6.d5 Nd8 7.Be2 d6 8.h3 f5 9.Bg5 Nf6 10.Nbd2 0–0 11.Nh4 fxe4 12.Nxe4 … (see diagram)

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White to Play

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This game ended with a real double treat of a sacrifice. Szabo resigned after White’s very first move as he saw it, finally. Can you see it? From Boros-Szabo, Budapest, 1937.

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White to Play

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There are quite a few mates in four here. Can you checkmate Black in THREE moves?

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White to Play

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This is a great lesson for beginners as to why you don’t give up the center. Albin’s play is spot on as he attacks the heck out of Black’s position. How does he end it?

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White to Play

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This is a position supposedly reached by the great attacking player Adolf Anderssen against an equally formidable Johannes Zukertort at Breslau in 1862. “Allegedly” comes up because it isn’t in the database, although that doesn’t mean it wasn’t played. It may have been an offhand game. In any event Anderssen managed a draw from this ...

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White to Play

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When I first saw this position diagrammed in Chess Life many years ago, I thought it was a composed problem. Why? Well, by what strange series of moves in a real game could the White king end up on h8? It turned out it was an actual game. For those of you interested in how that came about, the whole game is given below. Either way, the question ...

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Finding this position while rummaging for a good grandmaster kingside attack was a pleasant surprise for me, personally. I’ve known GM John Fedorowicz since he was a promising young teenager. John fulfilled his promise when he won the World Open many years ago and has had many memorable games and tournament successes. When we had dinner last ...

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White to Play

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As you can see, that little group in the lower left hand corner is irrelevant to solving this problem. However, it does make an interesting point. If the king were where the White pawn on f6 is, and the lower left-hand corner group were gone, White couldn’t force a mate with just a king and two knights. The lowly pawn gets to show why it can ...

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White to Play

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It’s a mate in three, but take care as it can get tricky.

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