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Mate in two.

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White’s in a tough spot. What is the best move for the defense?

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From Euwe-Lohman, 1923

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This is from an old Koltanowski game. There are several ways to win. Pick one you would be proud of!

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International Master Karel Opocensky reached this position some years past and saw a mating attack.

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White’s pawns look dangerous, so you have to take that into account as Black to win this.

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The first move looks really obvious, but it gets tricky. Can you see the best moves for White and Black all the way to the end? Both sides will queen a pawn—that’s your hint.

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Knowing your king and pawn endings can make a huge difference. Here, Tartakower, as Black, transposed into a drawn ending against Yates when he could have won. He had even given up his queen for a rook to get into this position. Yates didn’t overlook what Dr. T didn’t think of.

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One of the most important lessons you can learn in chess is to see indirect threats. In this position, the lineup of the B on b7 and the Q on d5 against the K on g2 is an indirect threat. How can you make it a direct threat and an eventual mate?

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A miniature mate in two.

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A very fine and well-crafted composition that has practical value.

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This is an old favorite of mine for showing students. It’s actually very logical.

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This is a wild and wooly game from 1896 between Reinisch and Traxler. It started out 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.Ng5 Bc5 5.Nxf7 Bxf2+ 6.Ke2 Nd4+ 7.Kd3 b5 8.Bb3 Nxe4 9.Nxd8. Black has just sacrificed his queen for a mating attack and does, indeed mate on move 17. See if you can figure out how he did it. Give it a try!

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This is known as a “grotesque” problem. A massive disparity in forces can’t prevent the little guy from mating. It’s a very narrow mating path, and it’s good brain practice.

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There is more than one way to mate in three in this position. Find one!

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This was played in a blitz game last night. It’s a mating attack. Find all the moves!

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For those of you familiar with the Anastasia mating pattern, this will be easy. For those of you who are not familiar, it’s worth knowing.

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Black has several pieces hanging, so there’s a need to get busy.

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A little warm-up for Monday. A mate in three.

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A great weekend puzzle here. Black is going to queen a pawn, so what can White do here? I mined this gem of a composition from Paul Motwani’s S*T*A*R* CHESS book. He intersperses the games he goes over with wonderful problems. His whole series is spectacular.

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