Thursday puzzle / game

White to move and win Tal has sacced a piece to reach this position. Can you finish it off from here? Solution

Thursday puzzle / game

Black to play and win Tal, playing black, finds a simple way to finish the game. Solution

Monday puzzle / game

White to play and win Over the next few weeks I will be featuring a mixture of Henri Rinck studies and Mikhail Tal game finishes. This one is a Rinck: not too hard and quite pretty. Solution

Thursday puzzle / game

White to play and win Something gentle by way of real world chess. Solution

2020 Dorset Blitz Cancelled

It is with much regret that I have decided to cancel this year’s Dorset Blitz Championship. The three main reasons are: 1. Although I understand that a couple of chess tournaments are planned for late September, I’m not entirely convinced that such a gathering is legal yet. 2. As far as I’m concerned, the Blitz […]

Monday puzzle / game

Mate in 2 The last of the chess problems (as opposed to studies or game continuations) for a while. This one is simpler than last Thursday’s but still contains a big variety of different mates. Solution

Thursday puzzle / game

Mate in 3 There is a lot going on it this classic chess problem by Anderson and Eaton, 1953. It has a theme (prevention of black checks on a5, d8 and g5, sometimes by black preventing it himself) and a wonderful variety of different mates. In the solution I have given 13 different first move […]