After we posed the tricky Nabokov puzzle to you, it was hard not to think of other classics. This one is by Sam Loyd, who probably had more fun than most in composing his problems. It’s a mate in three.
A little Friday fun for you with this classic composed by the incredibly famous novelist and amateur chess player, Vladimir Nabokov. It’s a task problem in that you, as White are asked to take back your last move and checkmate your opponent with the replacement move. Now all you have to do is figure out what your last move was. The mate on the move after taking back your move should not be too much of a challenge since only one move works. Scroll down slowly to the solution because you get a hint and then have another shot at solving it.
This is a good opportunity to visualize possible mating positions if it weren’t for those pesky Black pieces. Then figure out how to make those pieces useless. From a game, Nikitn-Butkevic, Moscow, 1955.
Here’s an unusual puzzle for you. You are to play and NOT WIN. You have to find some way not to win this game as White.
For anyone who plays the Sicilian Dragon Variation, the position above must seem quite familiar. How does Black continue his attack here?
In 1938, Grandmaster Rudolf Spielmann reached this position as Black and played 1...Re2, which threatens mate with 2...Qxf2+ and 3...Qg2 mate. Was that a good idea?