In the following position White has played 1.Kd2 with the terrible threat of Rg1 and Qh6+. Can Black save himself? Black to move Lev Gutman – Alvis Vitolinsh, 1979 ***
The 57th World Congress of Chess Composition took place in Berne, Switzerland from 23rd August to 30th August 2014. There were both composing and solving contests in problems and endgame studies. There were as many as 104 players in the Solving Competition. It was a star-studded field with some of the greatest names in chess […]
In the following position Black missed a simple combination and it took several moves for him to win. Can you do better? By the way, who were the players? What was the event in which this game was played? Black to move (Allow yourself 5 minutes to find the combination) Solution: Quite a few readers […]
Today we present the second part of the 5 Hardest Mate-in-2 Ever. Many readers were able to find the correct solutions for the first 5 problems. We have increased the difficulty of the previous problems and published some mate-in-3 problems.That turned out to be more difficult, so here it is, we’re back to mate in […]
We have recently published the 5 Hardest Mate-in-2 Ever, this problem set is a continuation of that series. Since some of the solvers were complaining that the mates-in-2 were to easy we decided to increase a difficulty level by a bit and compiled a list of these 5 great compositions. Give your brain a workout, […]
Today we present one of the longest mates in 2 ever. You see, a normal mate in two is… two moves. This mate in 2 involves 32 moves. How is that possible? You’ll need to find a mate in 2 on each file and rank individually. Therefore, you need to solve 16 separate mate in […]
Today we present 5 very hard mate-in-two composition for your attention. Look at each of the positions carefully and try to find a combination that leads to mate in 2. These are pretty difficult problems, don’t get frustrated if you take long time to solve them, this is normal. Hint: look for a quiet, yet […]
Previously we offered a few interesting tactics problems such as 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.
Today we will focus on the positions that appeared in the games of the World Champions and Contenders: Alekhine, Karpov, Korchnoi and Kramnik. They came up with brilliant attacking possibilities and successfully defeated their opponents. Now it’s your turn to find yourself in their shoes and to come up with the best moves.
Leonid Kubbel was a prince among composers. I first saw an endgame study by him way back in 1970s. I still remember my awe and wonder seeing how the Black monarch was chased and mated with a lone knight. Ever since I became a fan of Kubbel. But then his admirers are legion. Great players […]