Chess Puzzles / Games

White to Play

Much of higher level chess is about square control. In this diagram, Black doesn’t control many squares. In chess, we call the bishop on e6 a “tall pawn.” The knight is in equally bad shape. White wraps it up with a nice square control theme move.

White to Play

Our game started out: 1.e4 Nf6 2.e5 Nd5 3.d4 e6 4.c4 Bb4+. Because of the check, White’s choices are limited; however, there is a best move in this position. What is it?

White to Play

This game started out innocently enough. Then, Black snatched the pawn on e4 after: 1.e4 Nc6 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 Nf6 4.c3 Nxe4. Can Black get away with that? What would you do as White here?

White to Play

We’re going to take a look at how you decide the best move in the opening. Here’s a game that started out: 1.e4 g6 2.d4 Bg7 3.c3 d5 4.exd5 Qxd5 5.Nf3 c5 6.Be3 cxd4 7.cxd4 Nh6. Looking at the diagram, what’s your best move here?

Black to Play

Our game this week has led us to this: 1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Nf6 5.Ng3 h5 6.Bg5 (btw, 6.h4 was necessary)6… h4 7.Bxf6 hxg3 8.Be5 Rxh2 9.Rxh2 Qa5+ 10.c3 and now what is Black’s move?

Black to Play

Last time out we started a game with moves that went like this: 1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Nf6 5.Ng3 h5 6.Bg5 h4 7.Bxf6 hxg3 8.Be5 and we asked you what you should play. Hopefully, you picked 8.. Rxh2. What do you do now after 9.Rxh2?