5 Tactical Positions to Solve Today

Yury Markushin
Category: Problems
Tags: chess, tactics
5 Tactical Positions to Solve Today

Today we present 5 positions taken from high level games and involving some sort of tactical motifs. These are not typical, straightforward mate-and-3 problems. You need to be creative in order to find the combination winning material and the game. In many cases you need to consider alternative responses of the opposite side to consider your solution complete. Give it a try, post your solutions in the comment field below!

Position #1: Kacirek – Schnabel

position 1

White to move and win

Position #2: Danner – Schnabel


White to move and win

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Position #3: Sznapik – Weemaes

position 3

Black to move and win

Position #4: Gruenberg – Geller

position 4

Black to move and win

Position #5: Tschechow – Zeschkowski

position 5

Black to move and win

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Updated 08.16.2023


Julius Baldenero:
I like Position #5: Tschechow-Zeschkowski1. ...Nxf3+2. exf3 Re1+(If 3. Rxe1 then white losses the queen by 3. ..Qxd4)3. Kg2 Qxd44. Rxd4 Rxc1 (black wins rook up)
#41..... Ne5 2.Ke3 Ng4+ +-
3- 1. ne5 2. ke3 ng4the others are obvious
1.Rxd8 Kxd82.Nxf7
David Paul:
My computer engine calls it a draw.
1.)1.Bxc6+ bxc62.Rxd8+ Kxd83.Nxf7+ Ke74.Nxh8+- 2.)1.Qxd6 Bxd6(1....Qxd12.Nf6+ Kg73.Qxd1)2.Nf6+ 3.)1.... Qxf1+2.Kxf1 Rxf5+3.Qxf5 gxf5-+ 4.)1.... Ne52.Kxe5(2.Ke3 Ng4+;2....f2?3.Ke2)f2-+ 5.)1.... Nxf3+2.exf3Re1+3.Kg2(3.Rxe1 Qxd4)Qxd4 4.Rxd4 Rxc1 -+ :-)
Jorge D:
1)RxBd8+ *KxRd8 Nxf6+ Kany NxRh8 Balance: R x B+P+R*if Ke7 to guard P -> Balance: Nothing x B---------------2)QxRd6 BxQd6 Cf6+ Kany NxQg4 -> Balance: Q x R+Q-------------------------------3)QxRf1+ KxQf1 Rxf5+ *QxRf5 PxQf5 -> Balance: Q+R x R+P+QIf *Kg1 or Ke1 RxQg5 -> Balance: Q x R+P+Q------------------------4)Pf7 *KxCd3 Rd1+ Ke7 f1=Q+If *Rxf2 then RxRf2 and the paws is isolated of the King with "time" to the black King...If *Ke3 Re1+ and the Pawn passes-----------------------------------------5)NxBf3+ PxNf3 Re1+ *RxRe1 QxQd4 -> Balance: N+R x B+QIf *Kg2 QxQd4 RxQd4 RxRc1 -> Balance: N+Q x B+Q+R
POSITION-1:1.Bxc6+ bxc6,2.Rxd8+ Kxd8,3.Nxf7+ Ke7,4.Nxh8 and white wins(two pawns up).POSITION-2:sol-1:1.Qxd6 Qxd1,2.Qxf8+! Kxf8,3.Rxd8 and white wins(material adv).POSITION-2:sol-2:1.Qxd6 Bxd6,2.Nf6+(forks the king and queen)and white wins(material adv).POSITION-3:1. ..... Qxf8+!,2.Kxf8 Rxf4+,3.Qxf4(forced) gxf4 and black wins(exchange up)POSITION-4:sol-1:1. ....Ne5,2.Ke3 f2,3.Rxf2 Ng4+,4.Kf3 Nxf2+and black wins... POSITION-4:sol-1:1. ....Ne5,2.Kxe5 f2!,(if 3. Rxf2 Rxf2 black wins)3.Ke4 Re1+,4.Kd3 f1=Q,5.Rxf1 Rxf1 and black winsPOSITION-5:1. .... Nxf3+,2.exf3 Re1+!,3.Rxe1 Qxd4 and black wins...
1. Rxd8+ KxR Nxf7+ Ke7 NxR2. QxR BxQ Nf6+3. QxR+ KxQ Rxf5+ QxR gxQ4. Ne1 Ke3 Rh1 5. NxB exN Re1+ RxR QxQ
Steven Juntunen:
#1-Rxd8+ Kxd8 Nxf7+#2- Qxd6 Bxd6 Nf6+#3- Qxf1+ Kxf1 Rxf5+#4- f2 Ke3 Re1+#5 Qxf3 ef Nxf3+