Chess Puzzles / Games

White to Play

Doubled rooks on a semi-open file can be very powerful, and the knight plays a key role, Can you see what it might be?

White to Play

The knight fork in chess is one every beginner is shown. Here we also have a knight fork coming that wins the Black queen in order to get into a pawn up endgame. It’s a challenging problem, but that is one big hint.

White to Play

One aspect of the Polgar book we’ve been looking at this week is the way the examples in each section build on the previous examples in that section. Simpler to more complex. This one will challenge you a bit more than the previous two, but think about what you’ve learned this week and you can do it!

Black to Play

We recently purchased, at a used book store, Chess Tactics for Champions by Susan Polgar. It’s a fine book for beginner to intermediate chess players interested in developing their tactical side. She organizes the tactics by theme, which is a great help for learning. It’s worth spending the ten to fifteen bucks if you are part of the target group. This week, we will give you three examples from the book’s “King Chase” chapter. If these seem too hard for you, be assured the prior 200 pages of the book help prepare you for this. Not only that, but if you’ve been following this column for any length of time, these should be quite solvable with some brain effort. In this diagram you will notice that White has just chopped off Black’s queen with Bxd8, so you better have a mating attack here!

White to Play

White is truly loaded for bear here. All his pieces are ready to participate in the action. Black, however, has a good many men in the neighborhood ready to defend, so it will take drastic measures to break through the castled position. Have fun planning this attack! In fact, as a training exercise, get a piece of paper out and write down all the different variations you see and compare them with the main ones in the solution.