Black has a winning attack here, but it’s going to be tough to find unless you think in terms of what you wish you can do and what’s preventing that wish from coming true. Then you figure out what you need to do to get rid of that roadblock.
Our last miniature of this holiday week is another mate in three and a bishop plays a key role here, too, but it’s a tricky hint! Composed by Silvestre.
In keeping with our miniature theme, here is a mate in three by Loquin with only four pieces on the board! Have you learned anything from the Monday puzzle? You might apply it here.
We’re going to take a holiday break from learning about how to launch a kingside attack to look at the brain teasers of chess: miniatures. With only 6 chessmen on the board you have a mate in three composed by A.W. Galitzky. Not only that, but you can pretty much concentrate on one part of the board!
You are the champion of the world, Vishy Anand, and it is your move. You challenger, Magnus Carlsen, has a lead in the match and you have one saving move here. You miss it. What was the move you missed? This happened yesterday. It will be remembered as one of the great blunders of world championship match play. It is useful to note that you are in check by Black’s second queen, but you have three ways to cover it and a way not to lose!
Yesterday, I was playing a 5-minute game on line and my opponent, flush with having a material advantage of three pawns and the exchange, decided to inform me, “You stink.” Actually, he used a different word that started and ended with the same letters. I decided to reply with moves to show him who actually stunk. It’s nice to get such a quick opportunity to turn the tables on these vulgar sorts you get occasionally online.