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3 Killer Chess Tactics Most Players Cannot Find E-mail
Written by Yury Markushin   
Friday, 01 August 2014 00:00

killer tacticsPreviously we offered a few interesting tactics problems such as this, this and that. Today we want to present a 3 more interesting tactical motifs that most chess players cannot find. Take a look at these problems and challenge yourself to solve it.


Problem 1: Vaccaroni - Mazzoki, Roma, 1891

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Problem 2: Janovsky - David, Paris, 1891

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Problem 3: Donisthorpe - Mundell, London, 1892

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Last Updated on Friday, 01 August 2014 10:49


0 #18 chess wizard 2015-09-22 16:51
Problem 1: Qg4+ Bxg4, Rxh6+ gxh6, bf7 mate

Problem 2: Bxg7+ Kxg7, Qg4+ ( if Kf6 then Nh5 is mate ) Kh8, Rxh7+ Kxh7 , f6+ Kh8 , Qxg7 mate

Problem 3: Qxe5+ ...
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0 #17 Chetan 2015-02-15 08:20
Problem no.3 is quite easy,but i think begginers cannot find it
The solution to it is QXe5+,if fXe5 then Bg5# or if dXe5 then bc5#.
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0 #16 Hasibtapan 2015-01-31 02:10
Problem 1 : Qa1++

Problem 2 : f6

Problem 3 :Qxe5+
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0 #15 Ben Gradsky 2014-12-13 13:51
Solution to #2.

1. f6 Nxf6
2. Bxf6 Bxf6 (or gxf6)
3. Rxh7 Kg8
4. Rh8 Kxh8
5. Qh5 Kg8 (or Kg7)
6. Qh7#
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0 #14 roland 2014-12-12 19:28
Quoting Chesscoaching:
All 3 of these were quite easy...
first one is Qg4+ Bxg4 Rxh6+ gxh6 Bf7 mate
second is a simple Rxh7+ Kxh7 Qh5#
third is Qxe5 then either Qxe6 mates, Bc5 mates or Bg5 mates.

As a "chesscoach" you have overlooked 2....Nh6 in the second problem? maybe you should teach your students some degree ofmodesty when facing problems that only appear simple at first glance, but are not...
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+1 #13 Dominic 2014-10-16 04:44
Solution to problem 3 has redily been given, but again:
1. Qxe5+!!
Now, black has 2 chices, both leading to mate in one:
1... dxe5 2. Lc5#
1... fxe5 2. Lg5#

Most solutions given to problem 2, apart from the one posted by MarkIX, do not work.
Example: solution by Dgn
1. f6 Nxf6
2. Bxf6 Bxf6
3. Qh5? is easily refuted by 3. h6, not resulting in any mate.

Another example by Supertitiz:
1. Rxh7+ Kxh7 2. f6+ does not work due to 2... g6 Even after 3. Qh5+ Nh6, white cannot instantly force mate. Then, after 4. fxe7 Qxe7 5. Bf4, black will reply 5... Rh8, and then after 6. Qxh6 Kg8, black has averted the attack. You retain pressure in exchange for a quality, but it will not result in mate.

In conclusion, MarkIX had everything right in the first place. Other solutions given seemed hopeful and strong, but are just not decisive enough.
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+1 #12 Dominic 2014-10-16 04:19
Solution to problem one:
1. Qg4+!! Bxg4 (the only move)
2. Rxh6+! gxh6 (again, the only move)
3. Bf7#. A beautiful double bishop mate.

Most solutions to problem 2 seem good, but are not forcing enough:
Solution to problem two:
1. Bxg7+! Kxg7 (forced)
2. Rxh7+!! Here black has two options, both will be explored extensively.
Option one:
2... Kf6
3. Nh5+ Kg5 (forced)
4. Qd2+ Kg4/Kh4
5. Qf4#
Option 2:
2... Kxh7
3. Qh5+ Kg7 (if 3... Nh6 then 4. f6+ Bf5 5. Bxf5+ Kg8 6. Qxh6 with a forced mate in one.)
4. f6+ Kxf6 (if 4... Bxf6 5. Qh7#)
5. Qh8+ Kg5 (if 5... Ke6 6. Qe5#)
6. Qg7+ Kh4 (if 6... Kf4 7. Qe5+ Kg4 8. h3+ Kh4 9. Qf4+ Bg4 10. Qxg4#)
7. Qh7+ Kg5 (if 7... Nh6 8. Qxh6+ Kg4 9. Qh5+ with repetition of line after move 6.)(if 7... Kg4 8. Qh5+ with repetition.)
8. Qh5+ Kf4 and then repetition of line until 10. Qxg4#
8... Kf6 9. Qe5#
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+1 #11 Lori 2014-10-15 15:38
Problem 3
1.Qxe5+ fxe5
or 1...dxe5 2.Bc5#
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0 #10 abhishek 2014-10-15 09:42
Quoting Supertitiz:
problem 1 answer: 1:c3 defending a1 mate
and wants bishop if bishop takes bishop Qg4 mate or other options

problem 2 answer: 1:Rxh7+ Kxh7 2:f6+ white wins

problem 3 answer: i think f4 is the best for this position for opening f and d files for black squared bishop

i like ur solutions the most all others' are ridiculous
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0 #9 Roger 2014-10-15 03:24
Quoting Dgn:
Quoting Dgn:
Problem 1: Vaccaroni v. Mazzoki, Roma 1891
1 Rxh6# gxh6
2 Qf3+ Bg4
3 Bf7#

Aaack! Didn't see how Qf3# lets Black king out of the box. Queen sacrifice is also necessary to close the trap. So:

2 Qg4+ Bxg4
3 Bg7#.

Wrong move order, 2 Qg4+ Kxg4
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