Chess Puzzle of the Day (Feb 18, 2020) | Problema de ajedrez del día (18-Feb-2020)

♔♞♙ Chess Puzzle of the Day *** Black to play and checkmate *** Punch line time. You know that your position is completely winning, but you have very few seconds left on the clock and you need to be precise to find the right solution to end the game at once. This kind of «drama» […]

Chess Puzzle of the Day (Feb 17, 2020) | Problema de ajedrez del día (17-Feb-2020)

♔♞♙ Chess Puzzle of the Day *** Black to play and checkmate *** One factor that often decides the fight in favor of the side with material disadvantage is this: an oversight in the king’s defense. It seems unfair, but that’s the way chess is. Black takes the golden opportunity to turn the tables and […]

Chess Puzzle of the Day (Feb 16, 2020) | Problema de ajedrez del día (16-Feb-2020)

♔♞♙ Chess Puzzle of the Day *** White to play and checkmate *** A model position to illustrate the attack on the colour weakness of the castling of black, which is that which occurs when the bishop of the fianchetto is eliminated, leaving the squares through which it circulates weak. In this case, Black misses […]

Chess Puzzle of the Day (Feb 15, 2020) | Problema de ajedrez del día (15-Feb-2020)

♔♞♙ Chess Puzzle of the Day *** White to play and checkmate *** A situation you should avoid at all costs. Yes, you have an extra queen, but your other pieces are inert on their original squares and your king is in the line of fire throughout the centre of the board. Surely White sacrificed […]

Chess Puzzle of the Day (Feb 14, 2020) | Problema de ajedrez del día (14-Feb-2020)

♔♞♙ Chess Puzzle of the Day *** Black to play and checkmate *** It seems as if White has ventured with Bc5 into the f8 rook, gaining an exchange, but this is a severe oversight that allows Black to take control of the game with a mate combination. The issue comes down to the correct […]

Chess Puzzle of the Day (Feb 13, 2020) | Problema de ajedrez del día (13-Feb-2020)

♔♞♙ Chess Puzzle of the Day *** Black to play and checkmate *** White with reason to be optimistic is proposing to change checkers in this position or, alternatively, go for an unstoppable mate on g7. But unstoppable is the checkmate they will suffer because of a positional detail that ruins all their plans and […]

Chess Puzzle of the Day (Feb 12, 2020) | Problema de ajedrez del día (12-Feb-2020)

♔♞♙ Chess Puzzle of the Day *** Black to play and checkmate *** The difference in material is quite noticeable, but White will not be able to realise his advantage with his heavy pieces since Black with his three modest mixed pieces will lay a lethal siege to the white king. Surely this position came […]

Chess Puzzle of the Day (Feb 11, 2020) | Problema de ajedrez del día (11-Feb-2020)

♔♞♙ Chess Puzzle of the Day *** White to play and checkmate *** Another limit position, since White is against the ropes being threatened with mate in one move (or in a few, at least). So the prevailing tactical motif is desperado, i.e. to find the only thing we can do since the situation is […]

Chess Puzzle of the Day (Feb 10, 2020) | Problema de ajedrez del día (10-Feb-2020)

♔♞♙ Chess Puzzle of the Day *** White to play and checkmate *** A standard attack position where both sides press hard on one point of the opponent’s position. In this case, Black puts pressure on point f2 with four pieces, but going for it is risky as it compromises the defence of a more […]

Chess Puzzle of the Day (Feb 9, 2020) | Problema de ajedrez del día (9-Feb-2020)

♔♞♙ Chess Puzzle of the Day *** Black to play and checkmate *** It seems that White can survive this. They have an extra piece, but the ones they have are totally uncoordinated. Only the white queen assists her king. However, this is only a «temporary factor», one of many that exist in chess and […]