Sunday, September 18, 2011
Chess Magic - Never Give Up!
Black to move and win!
Admittedly, this one is a little tougher. Ok, alot tougher. I had some complaints that these puzzles were way too easy. Well here is one I hope doesn't send you to your chess computer for the answer.
If you are not sure you found it, my suggestion is to come up with the 2 or 3 possible moves and rank them in order you think they are right.
Also write each solution down all the way to the end, including the loser's move you thought he would make. Many times we find what we think was the solution because we make a "not best" move for the losing side.
This doesn't happen to Faldo of course, but I have heard mere chess mortals sometimes do that.
In this case, Black has a superior piece advantage (a Queen for a Knight and two pawns), as White sacrificed the Queen for the checkmate threat in three moves of: 1. Rh3+ Bh4, 2. Rhxh4+ Kg8, 3. Rh8 mate.
So Black has his hands full. First Black has to get out of the mate and then just win baby! (A little Al Davis football lingo there). Remember to take your solutions out to the end (checkmate, obvious resign or material advantage).
The solution can be found by scrolling down and finding Chess Magic Revealed on the right side of the blog.