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A dandy little study by Troitzky from 1917. You would think he had other things on his mind that year! It’s really process of elimination. All the wrong choices just draw very easily.

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A two-move from Geoffrey Mott-Smith in the 1930s.

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A thousand apologies for my putting up the wrong diagram on Friday. As one reader, of many who wrote me, pointed out, I seem snakebitten by this puzzle, as I also got it wrong in my book and was attempting to make amends by putting it here. Yes, THIS TIME it is the correct puzzle position. Much thanks to all who wrote! White mates in two. BTW, ...

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This two-mover has special meaning for me. In my first chess book, Learn Chess from the Greats, not only did I get the position set-up wrong, but I gave the author as Alan C. White instead of the proper Alain C. White. Aargh! Rookie mistake of not editing properly. I felt awful, but took heart that the book I got it out of also had it wrong! I ...

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Here’s a two mover for you.

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This position is from a 5-minute game I played on the ICC a few days ago. How did I mate White starting with my 22nd move?

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Wade vs. Mendelsohnl, 1999, finished with a bang.

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This puzzle is a review of a basic chess endgame principle. If you recognize it, you can draw as White.

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This position is from the Candidates tournament in 2016 in Moscow. Anand won from Topalov in this position. How did he do it?

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If you have learned the almighty rule that bishops of opposite color endings are drawn, you should be aware that there are quite a few exceptions to that rule. Here’s one.

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