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You are looking at the position before the very last move of the world championship match that ended on Wednesday with a dramatic victory by Magnus Carlsen over Sergey Karjakin. Find that championship retaining move!

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An endgame composition by Henri Rinck. If each side pushes their passed pawns both will queen in three moves, but Black will have a check. White has to figure out how to deal with that AND the Black knight coming up to halt White’s pawn.

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Simple question: should Black play 1…Bg4, attacking the White queen and winning the rook?

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That Blake and Griffith tossed this problem out early in their series shows they had a lot of confidence in their audience, as do I! It’s a bit more involved than most beginner problems, but there’s a mate there. You can find it with a little effort.

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If you’ve followed this column for any length of time, just follow Rule Number One.

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In 1921, British Chess Magazine started publishing a column by J.H. Blake and R.C. Griffith called “Chess for Beginners.” It was a great series that lasted until 1925. Thus, we’ll be picking highlights from this series to share some of the wonderful positions they came up with. They had a great way of making the simple challenging. For ...

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Black to Play

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Continuing with Bobby Fischer’s choices for chess puzzles in his old Boys’ Life columns, here’s one you might not have expected to appear. It’s a Helpmate in Two. Black moves first and helps White mate in two moves.

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Continuing with Bobby Fischer’s choice for chess puzzles in his old Boys’ Life columns, we offer a caution that it might not be an obvious first move. A mate in three.

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A new book published by Russell Enterprises has come out called “Checkmate.” It’s a nostalgic piece as it contains all of young Bobby Fischer’s Boys’ Life chess columns! Some of you, like me, may remember them. He answered questions and presented “puzzlers” and credited scouts who sent in the answers. This week we’ll share three ...

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White to Play

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From Weissgerber-Rellstab, remember Rule Number One: look at all checks and captures.

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Black to Play

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In this game between Rogers and Ris, Black forced White’s resignation by playing a move that could not be defended.

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Future world champion Alexander Alekhine in 1908 at age 16.

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Since your brain may be frazzled by being bombarded by political ads, here is a simple mate in two by Alexander Malyshev. He couldn’t “see” his own composition in print because he was blind!

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Black to Play

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Another position that is a good mental exercise. It’s a pretty direct mate in five with all the moves being checks by Black.

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This position is a good mental exercise. It’s a pretty direct mate in four with all the moves being checks by White.

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The power of “denuding” a king’s protection is demonstrated here from Panov-Lilienthal, 1944.

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OK, everybody’s all lined up for you to issue the forced checkmate in five moves. I will be shocked if you have followed this column for a long time and don’t get it. Shocked.

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White to Play

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In this study by Horwitz and Kling in 1851, Black seems to have the defense well in hand. Can you find a way for White to win this?

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Be forceful here, even though your queen is under attack. There’s a mate brewing.

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You can’t tell from the position of either player, but two grandmasters actually played this game: Schmid and Westerinen in 1968. White played one move and Black resigned.

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