White to Play

Pete Tamburro on

Published in Chess Puzzles

If you’ve been with me a while, you should get the first move right away, but can you work out all the details that lead to mate or winning black’s queen? You would have to do that in a tournament. Can you anticipate what Black might do to not cooperate?

The game started out 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 c5 4.c3 cxd4 5.cxd4 Bb4+ 6.Nc3 Nc6 7.Nf3 Nge7 8.Bd3 0–0 (See Diagram) and now continued: 9.Bxh7+ Kxh7 [9...Kh8 10.Ng5 g6 11.Qf3 Nf5 12.Bxg6 fxg6 13.Qh3+ Kg7 14.Qh7#]

10.Ng5+ Kg6 11.h4 Nxd4 [11...f5 12.h5+ Kh6 13.Nxe6+ Kh7 14.Nxd8] 12.Qg4 f5 [12...Ndf5 13.h5+ Kh6 14.Nxf7+ Kh7 15.Nxd8] 13.h5+ Kh6 14.Nxe6+ g5 15.hxg6#


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