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This is actually a familiar mating pattern in a different setting.

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An interesting historical piece as Euwe was to become world champion in four years, and here he is getting nailed in a miniature! What is Black’s best move here?

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Another position from a Stonewall Attack in a game won by Santasiere over Adams in 1940.

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Another position from a Stonewall Attack in a game Horowitz won. He didn’t find the mate in this position and won later. It was a simul, so you should cut him a break. However, you can take as long as you like!

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Games like this led to the popularity of the Stonewall Attack many years ago. Here’s the whole game for your enjoyment: Kujoth-Crittendon, Milwaukee, 1949: 1. d4 d5 2. e3 Nf6 3. Bd3 e6 4. f4 Nbd7 5. Nd2 c5 6. c3 cxd4 7. exd4 Be7 8.Ngf3 b6 9. Ne5 Nxe5 10. fxe5 Nd7 11. O-O a5 12. Qg4 g6 13. Bc2 Bg5 14. Nc4 dxc415. Bxg5 Qc7 16. Rxf7!! Kxf7 17. ...

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I hope you’ve enjoyed this week’s problems that have featured very little material on the board. Even positions with few pieces can require some tough thinking. This study by A. Mouterde is quite challenging. You will notice right away that the White queen is pinned. Have fun!

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Here’s a rook and pawn ending that’s a composition by A.S. Selesniev

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Are you pretty good with king side mating attacks. Here’s one composed by former world champ William Steinitz.

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Black is in dire straits here. How can he escape getting mated?

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I love this position because it teaches the importance of alertness and simple calculation.

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In Mamedyarov-Akobian, 2012, White came up with a check that won. He has several. Which one was it?

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This is a game won by Sir George Thomas against Sapira in 1932. Black’s last move was Nxc3, which was a mistake. How do you take advantage of it?

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This is a game won by Asa Hoffmaan vs. S. Goregliad in Washington, D.C. in 1965. He uses one of the oldest attacking themes in chess.

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This position could be a composed study, but it came about in an actual game where Lang as White beat Spitze in 1965. Can you figure out how White wins this? A very instructive endgame!

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You can get in a lot of trouble if you go pawn grabbing in the opening. This game between Rekka and Bobrinski in 1961 is one reason why.

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Here’s a finish we firmly believe you know the first move to, but can you see it all the way out to the end?

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Emil Sutovsky came up with a slam-bang finish in Israel in 2002 to beat Ilia Smirin. His opponent resigned after the first move in this combination as he saw it all the way to the finish as well. How about you?

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A classic finish that all serious chess players know. The first move is the queen sacrifice. Can you see it all the way to mate?

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In a game between Pilnick and Reshevsky in 1942’s US Championship, how did Pilnick manage to draw this game as White?

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I was fortunate to see this game in person. Master John Curdo upset Grandmaster Robert Byrne at the US Open in Chicago, 1994.

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