Chess Puzzles / Games

Black to Play

We’re going to try something different. We’re going to split a game into three parts. Today is part one. After the moves 1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Nf6 5.Ng3 h5 6.Bg5 h4 7.Bxf6 hxg3 8.Be5, what should Black’s move be in this position?

White to Play

A knightmare of a position. A little bonus: take the Black knight off b8 and mate Black in four moves. Put the knight back and find a win for White.

White to Play

The bishop on f6 is a very poor defender of a kingside castled position. Much better would have been a knight on f6. Demonstrate why!

Black to Play

This is also one of those mating patterns everyone who plays chess should know and consider routine. Both Morphy and Marshall played this sacrifice. This is MacDonnell-Boden, 1869. Morphy, a contemporary of Boden, was the first to play the idea against Paulsen. Boden knew of the game and learned the lesson well. You should, too!