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A two-mover by the Canadian composer C.F. Stubbs (1853-1907). He makes the knight work, but to no avail!

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The U.S. Women’s championship was won by Sabina Foisor in stunning fashion from the following position against Apurva Irkud in the last round. You don’t have a clock ticking or a championship on the line. See how you do!

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An endgame puzzle. How does White win this?

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This is our last look at selections from Jay Bonin’s new book, Active Pieces. There are many more instructive positions like this one, and, if you like King’s Indians and Sicilians, it’s also a good read. In this position, it seems that Black is doomed, but Bonin had planned a save..

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We continue with selections from IM Jay Bonin’s entertaining and instructive book, Active Pieces (Mongoose Press), that has been out just a short time.

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IM Jay Bonin has been the most active chess player in America for some years. In the last quarter century, he has played over 18,000 rated tournament games! He has a great book now out, called Active Pieces. The strategic and tactical instruction is excellent. In the back of the book he has positions from his games. See if you can figure out ...

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A mate in four by S. Brehmer

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This can be a head spinning exercise. Mate in two!

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OK, let’s see if you were paying attention to the principles espoused last week. White looks quite lost here, but there is one saving move. What is it?

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You can’t get a much simpler endgame than this—or can you? Fischer, as Black, reached this position against Gligorich in 1959. Only one move draws. Any other move loses. If you know the principle of opposition, this one is easy. If not, you had better learn it!

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One of the great endgame studies in chess—by Rinck.

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There is a bare number of pieces on the board, but this ending by Rinck could be a mind-boggling nightmare. One early conclusion you should reach is that you have to figure out how to win the black queen. There’s your hint!

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You might recognize this position as another successful attack against the Sicilian Dragon. From Kupper-Pomar, 1963.

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Here’s an elementary endgame, but can you see the most precise finish by White?

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Your intuition will probably give you the first move, but can you work out the whole winning line? Rodl did against Samisch in 1931.

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A tricky but logical ending by G. Reichhelm in 1900.

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A nice finish by Ivanchuk against Kryvoruchko at Tromso, Norway, in 2013.

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From a study by Rinck. With Black threatening to queen the pawn, White must use all of his forces to deal with the promotion. Very clever study!

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Alexander Alekhine exacted revenge for an earlier loss to Sammy Reshevsky. How did he do it at Kemeri in 1937?

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We haven’t done endgames in a while, so here’s one that’s pretty elemental, but still requires some thought.

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