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A spectacular mate in four by Charousek, whose early death deprived chess of more finishes like this.

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An old favorite from a position Mieses-Bardeleben, Barmen, 1905.

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A Leko-Radjabov, Morelia 2006, battle ended with White’s next move. What was it that made Black resign?

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I reached this position in a 5-minute game on the ICC (Internet Chess Club). You have two minutes left to finish off White.

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A very exciting game took place at the Helsinki Olympiad back in 1952. Teschner as White had just played Nc2 against Gligoric. He figured that after Gligo moved his queen, he could get his own queen or king off the g-file threat of Rg8 and perhaps keep his pawn up. Gligo made one move in reply and Teschner resigned! What was that move?

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Black to Play

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Here is a great instructional position to explain why leaving holes in your castled position by pawn moves can be fatal. Just follow the checks…

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This is a mate in six that obviously involves a pawn promotion, but the “6” should give you a hint of how to go about it.

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White will obviously mate here, but what is the quickest way?

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This position is a composition by O. Kaila that I found in Chervev’s “Chess Caviar.” It’s a stunning creation. Give it a shot. White to play and win.

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Anyone familiar with Edward Winter’s Chess Notes website knows his ability to dig up stuff from the dusty corners of chess history. I have his original printed volume one from 1982. Here’s an instructive lesson from a game apparently won by a Mr. Leonard Walls. Here’s your challenge: Can White draw here? Is 1.b4 a good or bad move?

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Black to Play

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At London, 1883, World Champion William Steinitz took it on the chin from Rosenthal. Can you see the epaulette position possibility? (hint: it’s different in structure from the previous two, but the concept is the same—the king is blocked from escape by his own pieces)

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Here’s another look at an epaulette mate won by Helling in 1934.

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We’re going to look at epaulette mates this week. Given that hint, this first one by J. Krejcik in 1908, should be a pretty easy mate in three.

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Black to Play

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It’s easy to imagine this position arising. It’s easy to imagine your opponent offering a draw. It’s easy to imagine your not wanting a draw and thinking while your opponent says, “C’mon, I can let you have both my pawns and you can’t win because you’re a-pawn’s queening square is the wrong color for your bishop.” Then, you see...

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Black to Play

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This endgame, Ljubojevic-Browne,1972, has reached a point where Black can win or draw, depending on what move he plays. In the game, GM Walter Browne picked the wrong move. Even “simple” king and pawn endings can be tough on grandmasters, not just amateurs. How does Black win this?

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We’re going to have some fun with an exercise in logic. Those two words, fun and logic, don’t go together too often. We might even add educational. It’s White to play and mate in 16 moves. That might ordinarily scare you off, but it shouldn’t this time if you think logically. Give it a try. Ask yourself, what do you know, what will the ...

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This week is Two Rooks Week! This is our last example—a composition by Prokes. The two rooks in this composition have their work cut out for them as two Black pawns are about to promote to queens.

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This week is Two Rooks Week! Today, we have a study by L. Prokes with the two rooks vs the queen, but there’s more to it.

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This week is Two Rooks Week! Rooks working in pairs will be featured. We start with an easy one, but it does take some thought to come up with the best solution. One more thing: make sure Black puts up a stubborn defense! It is from a study by H. Rinck.

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A fun puzzle for a Friday. The author is unknown, which is a shame, as he had quite a chess sense of humor.

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