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Chess Puzzles / Games

Black to Play

While wandering through an old volume of the 1910 British Chess Magazine, I came across some game finishes from a century ago and thought I would share them with you. This first one, between Daniouschewski and Granass, from the Lodz Chess Club, is a mating pattern you should recognize if you’ve been coming here any length of time.

White to Play

Grandmaster Carl Schlechter, one of the strongest players in chess history, reached this winning position and made a horrible blunder! Pick a winning move and pick Schlechter’s blunder.

White to Play

Here’s a position from Abkin-Bartolitsch, St. Peterburg, 1903. White resigned. Same questions as last time: why did White resign and did White have a somewhat better move to save the situation?

Black to Play

In this position, Popiel-Marco, Monte Carlo, 1902, Marco with Black on the move resigned. Two questions: what made him resign? Did he have a way to somehow save the situation?