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I just couldn’t resist sharing this two-mover. Have fun!

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This position, composed by R.K. Guy in 1943, is really quite something. The first move is only understood 9 (!) moves later. It’s a challenge. And if you don’t get it, play through the lines. The instruction is invaluable, and the appreciation of the artistry is gratifying.

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This position, from a real game—Parr-Wheatcroft, London, 1938—has a truly unique mating attack. Good luck!

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Here’s a very challenging mate in three for your Labor Day enjoyment. Composed by Kurt Richter and J. Koers.

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Kurt Richter was a famous attacking master. In this position, though, he is the exchange down and must find a way to save the game and win. How did he do it?

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We’re continuing with a selection from the Neumann book published by McFarland (McFarlandBooks.com. In this position, Neumann finds himself a piece down (he had given odds) with a mate threatened on g2. He comes up with a great perpetual check to save the game.

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If you are a chess history fan or just a fan of 19th century romantic attacking chess, McFarland has put out one of its usual magnificent clothbound gems—this time about 19th century Berlin Chess: “Neumann, Herschfeld and Suhle.” It contains 711 games with notes and authors Hans Renette and Fabrizio Zavatarelli have done a remarkable ...

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You have no doubt been told, if you’ve played a while, that bishops of opposite colors endgames are drawn. A cursory look at this position would only seem to reinforce that idea; however, White has a win here!

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Rook and Pawn endings are always good to review. This one requires White to take advantage of the Black king’s awkward position.

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Black’s queen is being attacked by White’s, but J. Purdy as Black figured out a way to beat Vaughan in 1945.

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