White to Play

Pete Tamburro on

Published in Chess Puzzles

A good weekend time on your chessboard can be had if you set this position up to see if you can work out White’s winning attack with all its little variations. One of the best ways to get better at chess. Write down your analysis and don’t look at the answer below until you think you are done.


The game, Alexander-Szabo, Hilversum, 1947 went 1.Nf6+ gxf6 [Did you consider all this: 1...Bxf6 2.exf6 g6 3.Qe3 will mate via h6 and g7,; 1...Kh8 2.Qe4 g6 3.Ng5 h6 4.Qh4 h5 5.Ba3 Bxf6 (5...Bxa3 6.Nxh5) 6.Rxf6 Nc6 7.Raf1 Nxe5 8.Bxf8 Qxf8 9.Rxg6 Nxg6 10.Qxh5+ Kg8 11.Qh7#] 2.Qg3+ Kh8 3.exf6 Bxf6 [3...Rg8 4.fxe7+] 4.Ne5 Bxe5 [4...Bd7 5.Rf3 Bxe5 6.Bxe5+ f6 7.Raf1] 5.Bxe5+ f6 6.Rxf6 Black Resigned. One likely continuation would be 6...Rxf6 7.Rf1 Nc6 8.Bxf6+ Qxf6 9.Rxf6. A classic game!


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