Chess Puzzles / Games

Black to Play

OK, this is a position that leads to checkmate; however it takes a while.It is a forcing line, though, so it’s doable. This is from a real game:Reeders-Nauta, Amsterdam, 1917: 1.e4 e5 2.Nc3 Nf6 3.f4 d5 4.fxe5 Nxe4 5.Nf3 Nc6 6.Be2 Bc5 7.d4 Nxd4 8.Nxd4 Qh4+ 9.g3 Nxg3 10.Nf3

Black to Play

OK, this is a position that leads to checkmate; however it takes a while.It is a forcing line, though, so it’s doable.

White to Play

This position arose in a game, Janowski-Schallop, 1896. Black is obviously threatening both of White’s rooks. How did White deal with the situation?

White to Play

Anytime there are no pieces in front of a castled king position (even worse: none on either side of the king), you have to be aware of a mating attack against that king. Today’s position was from a US Open in 1946, and White found the right way to win.