Weekly Chess Puzzle | Alive
Each week the Fort Wayne Chess Club will offer tips on how to learn or improve your chess game. The puzzles you see are all about teaching simple checkmate patterns or 1-3 move tactics to strengthen your foresight and decision-making; usually with only one best solution. Note: It is recommended to solve the puzzles on a real chessboard to facilitate the visualization of the game.
Chess notation: K=king, Q=queen, N=knight, B=bishop, R=rook.
A notation such as “e5” indicates a pawn move where there is only one pawn that can move to e5.
If a knight were to take the pawn on e5, the notation would read Nxe5 (the main letter N is interchangeable with any piece used, i.e. Bxe5). If a pawn on “sheet D” were to take an opponent’s pawn on “sheet E”, the notation would be as follows, d4xe5.
White to move; average level
Contributor: James A. Mills vs. Vaughn Wampole
Answer: f6; f6 by White solidifies his position while confining Black to his. What follows is a boa-constriction style finish. Kb5+ by black, of course, why not. White is closing in on Kh6, exhausting Black’s king of oxygen. The most logical option for black now is to sacrifice the rook with rh5+, hoping to find a dead end. White accepts the rook sacrifice with KxR because victory is in their clutches regardless. Kg8 by black is the only move. Now white can simply end the game with re8#. The white king advances, Kh6, stomping on f8. Black meets his fate in the deliverance of Re8#.
Chess puzzles are provided by the Fort Wayne Chess Club. For questions about the puzzle or to submit a puzzle, email [email protected] Additionally, the Chess Club offers casual and competitive play from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. every Saturday at Start Fort Wayne, 111 W. Berry St.