Chess Puzzles / Games

White to Play

A week of two-movers is in store for you! These will be half-battery problems. It’s all about your straight line moving pieces and how to “uncongest” them. Here, the queen and two rooks on the diagonal are the key task for you to figure out.

White to Play

From a King’s Gambit. Black has taken the “poisoned pawn” on b2 and effectively taken his queen away from the defense because she is lured by the prospect of getting a free rook. How does White punish Black for that error?

White to Play

White has Black pinned down with that pawn on the 7th rank. How does White take advantage of the situation?

White to Play

OK, you’ve been “warmed up” to look for queen sacrifices, but this one is definitely a challenge. Don’t be too eager to give the lady away. Perhaps you should just tantalize Black!

White to Play

Blake-Hooke, 1923, reached this position. Based on the last puzzle, you should get this one pretty quickly.