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This week, we’re going to share the attacking skills of a relatively unknown master, Victor Soultanbeieff. He was active from the 20s through the 40s. In 1935, he announced a mate in 6 in this position against Liubarski.

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Our attacking theme this week has a nice twist on the idea.

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This position is one of the key positions in the isolated queen pawn attacking set-ups. Anyone who plays these systems must know this game and a few others along these lines. The way Botvinnik works f7 to tie Black completely up is worth study.

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We pick on a new square this week. Should be easy to guess which one, but you will have to calculate a few moves down the road.

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Our last theme problem for this particular square. A bit of a toughie.

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If you recall our theme for this week, this should be easy!

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We’re going to find a new square to attack this week. The attacker in this game was Max Euwe, who was world champ from 1935-1937. He beat the great attacker Alekhine in 1935, then lost a rematch in 1937. He was well-respected as a fine positional player, but he could attack with the best of them when necessary.

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This will finish our little trip into attacks on h7. This is a good teaching position because it shows the value of looking at all check and captures.

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In 1926, Janowski had just taken Rubinstein’s knight that had moved to g5. How did Rubinstein finish him off?

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We are looking at attacks on h7 in the black castled position. This example is different in that h7 is defended by the king and knight.

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This position has a twist on the Bxh7+ theme in that Ng5 doesn’t happen on the next move, but when does it happen??

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I’m starting a little series on the classical Bxh7+ mating attack against a castled position, but instead of the usual fare, you will meet some twists in the route to mate. I hope you enjoy these.

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This is a good lesson for beginners on how to conduct a kingside attack. There are lots of little side variations that force beginners to think about what options their opponent has in meeting the attack.

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Derrickson was a brilliant, promising player who departed this earth too soon at 16 years of age in 1862. This was played in Philadelphia in 1860. An amazing attack by Black.

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A remarkable finish by Schlechter over Fleissig. Black mates by using two techniques—a vacating move and a deflecting move.

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The legendary Paul Morphy announced a mate in four here in 1857. See if you can match him.

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This will be our last composed problem for a while (we do like to give those of you who like them a chance to have at it) as we will start on more practical situations next week. It’s a mate in 4 that revolves around that pawn on b2 promoting to a queen and causing havoc. How do the pieces prepare for that?

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Mrs. W.J. Baird was an accomplished early 20th century problem composer. This was one of her two-movers.

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For a Monday morning, simpler fare. A mate in two—another one of those to show someone to whom you’re teaching chess. Extra credit: figure out why the composer put a pawn on a7.

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The mating attack is there!

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