Chess Puzzles / Games

White to Play

This is a good opportunity to visualize possible mating positions if it weren’t for those pesky Black pieces. Then figure out how to make those pieces useless. From a game, Nikitn-Butkevic, Moscow, 1955.

White to Play

Here’s an unusual puzzle for you. You are to play and NOT WIN. You have to find some way not to win this game as White.

White to Play

For anyone who plays the Sicilian Dragon Variation, the position above must seem quite familiar. How does Black continue his attack here?

Black to Play

In 1938, Grandmaster Rudolf Spielmann reached this position as Black and played 1...Re2, which threatens mate with 2...Qxf2+ and 3...Qg2 mate. Was that a good idea?

White to Play

As you can quickly tell from looking at the diagram, this was one wild game between Spassky and Polugaevsky in Moscow, 1960. My friend,and former US Corresponence Champion, Jon Edwards dug this one up for an article in Chess Life for Kids. How did Boris continue here?

White to Play

This is from a game Znosko-Borovsky vs. Salwe. White was a young master playing the veteran. Z-B would end up becoming a popular chess author. One of his books, The Art of Chess Combinations, would become a popular classic work that generations of chess players would learn how to attack and mate. Here, he found himself in dire circumstances and saved himself. How?