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Our next 36 puzzles will come from a series of tests I was given by a representative of the Swedish Chess Federation back in 1975. They gave Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards for my completing them in sets of 12. I missed a couple in the gold, but they gave me a few more tries. See how you do. The first few are very easy, but before you know it, ...

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This is a fairly common position in the c3 Sicilian. Black should have played 15…Kh8 instead of 15…Kh7 and he was duly punished. How?

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In Pavasovic-Gruskovnjak, Slovenia, 2002, White found the quickest way to end it all. Can you?

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We’re going to start looking at some opening traps in a very popular line against the Sicilian Defense: 2.c3. White is to play in this game Luther-Vogt, 1987

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A quick Koltanowski finish from a simul.

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One of those endgame compositions that can drive a person crazy. Give it a shot, though. Composed by Halberstadt.

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Boden beats Bird in a 19th century thriller…

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I’ve written before that if we ever re-named chess pieces, either rooks or bishops should be named “raptors.” These bishops come out of nowhere. You see one, then the other pops up and you’re dinner. How’s that for a hint?

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A sparkling Tarrasch finish against Schwarz at Nuremberg, 1883.

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This is a position that a player of the white pieces might well agree to a draw in because they “know” that the king will beat the h-pawn to h8 and the king and wrong color squared bishop can’t force him out. HOWEVER, it’s a win! Well worth learning if you can’t figure it out.

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This is a very important study by Mattison in that all Black has to do is give up his rook for the e-pawn to draw because the White king, bishop and a-pawn can’t force the queening of the pawn on a8 because the bishop is of the wrong color.It needs to be a light squared bishop.

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So, you know how to attack a kingside? See if you can match what Peter Nielsen did to Loek van Wely in 2010.

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A Bisguier finish from 1968 against Weinberger.

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In the game Andreikin-Dreev, Baku Open, 2011, White ended the game quickly from the diagrammed position.

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I apologize for not sending last week’s puzzles in proper format. Arcamax will post the correct versions in the archive so you can enjoy the last week of great rook moves. Today’s position is from Ed Celorio-Steve Tennant, Coral Gables, 1967. Celorio finished this game in fine style.

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We conclude our two-week exploration into great rook moves with a Stolberg-Botvinnik game, 1940, and a parting thanks again to the late D.J. Morgan for digging up these positions.

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One of the most famous positions in chess history. Bobby Fischer on the move against Benko.

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Continuing our second week of our theme that shall not be named

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Continuing our theme week, we have David Bronstein upending Viktor Korchnoi way back in 1962.

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I feel obliged to cite D.J. Morgan in British Chess Magazine from 1968 in having picked these puzzles we’ll be looking at. He did a “Quotes and Queries” section that would many times offer examples of themes. You will probably figure out the theme after today, or at least by tomorrow. This position is from Bronstein-Goldenov, Kiev, 1944.

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