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Here’s another Rinck composition. White wins. What’s the best move?

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In British Chess Magazine in 1999, Grandmaster Ian Rogers put some two rooks vs. queen studies out there that were quite a challenge. The studies were by Rinck, and Rogers pointed out how he used the ideas to help win practical games. We’ll start with a relatively easy one.

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White to Play

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It’s almost 70 years since the famous 1948 tournament to determine the world chess championship. This position is from one of the classic encounters between Botvinnik and Keres. Botvinnik as White to play.

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This is the last of Fred Reinfeld week. An old theme, but still educational.

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This is Fred Reinfeld week. Back in the day, we old timers learned all our opening traps from him or Chernev or Horowitz. Today’s position is one of those.

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This is going to be Fred Reinfeld week. One of the most prolific and popular writers from the 40s and 50s. He, before the internet, was the most frequent source of chess puzzles in his books. The three this week will be from the Complete Book of Chess Stratagems. White to Play and win lots of material.

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A good weekend time on your chessboard can be had if you set this position up to see if you can work out White’s winning attack with all its little variations. One of the best ways to get better at chess. Write down your analysis and don’t look at the answer below until you think you are done.

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A study by Mattison. White to draw, despite Black about to queen a pawn. Hint: it ends in stalemate! And everybody on the board is there for a reason…

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Bareev beat Karpov in 1996 with a nice move, even though he was in check.

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White has a terrible position here, but he can save himself. How?

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Black to Play

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So, you thought you had seen the last of knight endings? I was fortunate enough to spend 4+ hours with GM Lev Alburt, three time US champion, and he was kind enough to give me several of his books. His most recent book on the world championship is a gem, and we’ll get to that. I would first like to take a few of his positions from “Chess for...

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Black to Play

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So, you thought you had seen the last of knight endings? I was fortunate enough to spend 4+ hours with GM Lev Alburt, three time US champion, and he was kind enough to give me several of his books. His most recent book on the world championship is a gem, and we’ll get to that. I would first like to take a few of his positions from “Chess for...

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White to Play

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Another knight ending. This one is more challenging, but White does win even though Black threatens perpetual check.

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This is a study by Cheron. It’s White to Play and Win. How would you go about it?

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It’s funny where you can run into chess problems. I ran into this one on facebook this morning and just had to share. White is threatened with a mate in one yet can still engineer a draw.

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A mate in 7 by Curnock. Just like the previous puzzle, you have to find the right man for the job. That piece will make 6 of the first 7 moves.

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A delightful puzzle. A mate happens. The best hint I can give is to find the one right man for the job.

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This endgame composition, by Kubbel in 1922, is one of my favorites. First, it looks impossible because that black pawn seems destined for greatness. Secondly, you learn that every piece and pawn on the board has a purpose. That knight way over on b8 helps in the win. The bishop has an obvious role. And what about those two pawns for White? Work...

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A two-mover from the 1930s by M. Gruenfeld of Latvia. Just figure out why all the White pieces are where they are and you’ll figure it out.

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From the same BCM series, White has a way to mate. It takes a while, and the first move is a dandy!

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