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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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This is a great lesson game played between Paul Johner and L. Steiner in 1928. Black tries a blockading set-up, but does not seem to know how to play one. White played one move and Black Resigned!

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A great endgame challenge. A piece not yet on the board will decide this game.From Paul Motwani’s S*T*A*R* CHESS

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There was another fellow who could play chess in the 1870s. If only he and Morphy could have met. Steinitz once went to visit Morphy, but no game was played. Here G. H. Mackenzie finishes off James Mason by following the old rule that as long as you’re checking, you can’t lose.

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An endgame by the early 20th century English champion, F.D. Yates. White is threatened with mate by the Black rook and advancing pawns, so how does White win this?

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From a game, Ernst-Alterman, Manila, 1992

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From a study by Kubbel. White to Play and Win.

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OK, you’re a queen down and have two pieces en prise. You better mate Black!

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There’s a cool mating attack here. Be forceful to start the New Year!

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In a game, Gehler-Osterburg, 1962, White was a rook down, yet saved the game. How did White do it?

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In the game Bagirov-Kholmov, Baku, 1961, White has just played Re1 to promote exchanges so as to ease his passive position. Can you see why this was not such a hot idea?

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In 1961, Teipelke reached this position against Schweda and eventually lost. Yet, White could have won from this position.

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A magnificent display of how two bishops can cooperate! Yes, White can draw this against the two passed pawns and king.

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An endgame by the early 20th century English champion, F.D. Yates. White is threatened with mate by the Black rook and advancing pawns, so how does White win this?

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You are looking at the position before the very last move of the world championship match that ended on Wednesday with a dramatic victory by Magnus Carlsen over Sergey Karjakin. Find that championship retaining move!

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An endgame composition by Henri Rinck. If each side pushes their passed pawns both will queen in three moves, but Black will have a check. White has to figure out how to deal with that AND the Black knight coming up to halt White’s pawn.

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Simple question: should Black play 1…Bg4, attacking the White queen and winning the rook?

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That Blake and Griffith tossed this problem out early in their series shows they had a lot of confidence in their audience, as do I! It’s a bit more involved than most beginner problems, but there’s a mate there. You can find it with a little effort.

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