One nice thing about having a lot of your pieces aiming at the opposing king’s castled position is that you just know a mate or mates have to be there…just like here.
This is a position from a not well-known game by the Grandmaster Tolush over Kotov in the 1945 USSR championship. Tolush brilliantly finished off his opponent in a mating attack. Please note Black’s threat on h3!
The key to solving this puzzle is to look at the pawn on g3 and ask yourself, “What does that pawn do?”
In the “old days” the once great chess magazine, Chess Review, used to put an Announce the Mate series of puzzles. This week, we’ll cover some from the 1960s. They would emphasize finding the “best” mate, which meant finding the shortest.
This is the last of our trio of half-battery two movers. Based on what you’ve learned, when you see rooks lined up diagonally, you know there’s a good chance you have to move one of them so, depending on the variation, White will be able to unmask the bishop for a check.
Here we have another battery lined up on a diagonal. Use your experience to figure out to do with a rook.