Monday puzzle / game

White to play This week we feature the end of a couple of Magnus Carlsen games. Here Carlsen, not quite 14 years old when the game was played, had built up a powerful attack and many moves leave him with a winning position. However, Carlsen picked the very strongest continuation. Can you find it and […]

Thursday puzzle / game

White to play and win White has sacced a pawn but has control of the dark squares. How did he exploit this? Solution

Monday puzzle / game

Black to play This position is from a recent Aronian vs Wei game. Aronian has grabbed a pawn. How did Wei Yi regain the pawn and emerge with a much superior position? Solution

Thursday puzzle / game

White to play and win It is a while since we have had a Henri Rinck study. As usual, this has a pleasing solution with just one tricky move to find along the way. Solution

Monday puzzle / game

White to play and win The first move is not too hard to spot but can you find the correct follow up moves? Solution

Thursday puzzle / game

Black to play and win It is not too hard to solve this as a puzzle but it would be pretty difficult to spot during a game when I guess most of would play the obvious Qxf7 which leads to equality. Can you see something better? Solution

Monday puzzle / game

White to play An unorthodox puzzle today: it’s White to play and mate but with the stipulation that you can only move the rook once. It is mate in 12 with the best defence. Solution

Monday puzzle / game

White to play and win This is a position from a game between George Wright and Florence Spirling played in the recent Dorset Closed tournament. In the game George played Kd2. What could he have played instead to gain a decisive advantage? Solution

Thursday puzzle / game

White to play What is White’s strongest continuation? Solution

Monday puzzle / game

White to play and draw At first sight White’s position looks hopeless but in fact he can save the game. Solution