White to Play

Pete Tamburro on

Published in Chess Puzzles

This is going to be Fred Reinfeld week. One of the most prolific and popular writers from the 40s and 50s. He, before the internet, was the most frequent source of chess puzzles in his books. The three this week will be from the Complete Book of Chess Stratagems. White to Play and win lots of material.


1.Nxc5 Qxc5 [1...Kc7 2.Nxd7 Kxd7 3.c5 Ra6 4.c6+ Kc7 5.Qxf6 Qb5 6.Qxe5+]2.Rxb3+ axb3 3.Rxb3+ Kc7 4.Qxc5+ and in both lines, White has an overwhelming advantage. Notice that White could do all that because White looked at all captures, and when looking at the c-pawn, noticed that only the king would be protecting the queen. Then all White had to do was figure out how to move the king from its protecting square.


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