How would you judge this position, which arose after the 25th move by white in the game between Ponomariov and Bareev (FIDE Wch k.o. Moscow 2001). Question: who is better and can black take the pawn on e5?Read More »
Category: Chess puzzle
Right or wrong?
Before you answer the first question, I have another question. Was white’s last move: 19. Qd1 right or wrong? What was the alternative?Read More »
Funny little puzzle
I found this funny puzzle on the Chess Tactics app. It is white to move and win. How?Read More »
This chess puzzle comes from the Chess Tactics Pro app. White to move wins. Scroll for the solution or press the hyperlink…Read More »
Puzzle: too much to handle
This is a fragment from the game between Karl Burger and Pal Benkö (USA 1969). What is the best move for black?Read More »
Puzzle: retreat or…?
The black queen is attacked by the rook on e1. What should black play?Read More »
Chess Puzzle 54: how to demolish white’s kingside
Black to move. What is the best continuation? More than one move needed! See solution…
Chess puzzle #53: just a funny tactic
In the diagram it is white to move. What is the best move for white? Solution…
Chess puzzle #53: King goes astray
White played 35. Kh3?? This was a bad mistake. The game would have been more or less equal after 35. Kf1 or Kh1. Do you see why 35. Kh3 was the losing move?
In other words: how does black finish the game? Solution…
Chess puzzle #52: the bishop can’t do everything
I have to confess that when solving chess puzzles I have the tendency to jump right in. In that way chess becomes a process of trial and error. With quite a lot of errors of course!
I think I can do better. Bit by bit I try to change my bad habits. One of the first things I do now is have a good look at the position. Are there any pieces en prise? What do the pawn formations tell me? Are there any threats? Can I find a motif? Are there any patterns?
If I look in this way generally things get a bit more easy. The motif in the diagram position is clear. White’s pieces are a somewhat “loose”. How can black use this motif to his own advantage? Solution…