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Chess Problem 5

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Black to move and win. It is always good in chess to have a mindset based on a ‘never give up’ philosophy. In this position Black is in dire straits being substantially down in material. But Black has a move that wins. What is it?

Last weeks Problem


White to move and mate next move. I first saw this problem years ago in a pocket book, ‘Test Your Chess’ published in the United States in 1978 by Gerald Abrahams. It is a tricky little problem but deceptively simple.

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Chess Problem 4

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White to move and mate next move. I first saw this problem years ago in a pocket book, ‘Test Your Chess’ published in the United States in 1978 by Gerald Abrahams. It is a tricky little problem but deceptively simple.

Last weeks Problem


Find the winning moves where White checkmates in 2 moves.

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Problem 3 Solution

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Problem 2 solution

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Chess Problem 3

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Today’s chess problem comes from another of the world’s most famous players, Paul Morphy, (1837-1884). The position selected is from a match played in Paris during 1858. Morphy was White against the Duke of Braunschweig and Count Isouard. They reached the following position where Morph played 1. Bd7+. If Black recaptures with the Queen (1…Qd7) we see several checks along the lines of 2. Qb8+ Ke7 3. Qe5+ Kd8  4. Bf6+ and Black is losing most of his pieces (explore these variations for yourself).


But what happens after 1. Bd7+ Nd7? Find the winning moves where White checkmates in 2 moves.

Last weeks problem


Black to play and win
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Problem 1 Solution

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