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.
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.
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?
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?
You sure would like to mate on g7, wouldn’t you? Make it happen!
OK, you have an overwhelming position. It’s time to put this guy away. What do you do from here?