Last week’s puzzle created quite a bit of interest with Chess
Kids coach Tim Broome finding a mate in 6, only to be trumped by someone
else have found a very beautiful mate in 5. Have a look in the
comments to Puzzle #48 if you missed it.
This week’s puzzle is from Magnus Carlsen, the world’s highest rated
player, who finds a nice tactic in a Rook and Knight endgame. See how
quickly you can spot it.
Each week I go to great lengths to try to find you a new
position, hopefully something a little bit different, so I hope that you
haven’t seen this position before. (See Diagram). It looks vaguely
familiar to me.
I used this position in one of my classes today. The students’ task
was to find a way for Black to mate in 6 moves by promoting a pawn to a
R. One rotter managed to do it in 5 moves so I had to come up with
Everyone makes mistakes. I remember back in 1974 when I was the
newly crown Australian Chess Champion and was about to play in the first
round of the A Grade Interclub competition. Eddy Malitis stood up and
made a short speech congratulating me on my win; everyone clapped; then
we sat down to play our games. I was paired against John Hanks and I
had decided to try an new opening with 1…b6. Five minutes and 12 moves
later I had b...
I was talking to my friend Sam the other day. He’s trying to
make a come-back to chess after a 10 year break. He’d just blundered
horribly against Rujevic and was bemoaning his new-found tactical
ineptitude. “I just make so many mistakes” he complained. I know the
feeling. As you get older your brain does not want to analyse
variations and tends to lack its former decisiveness.
Playing a top player is always a thrill and gives you a chance for a moment of fame should you pull off an upset.
10 year-pld Karl Zelesco had his moment of fame in round one of the
Lidums Checkmate Open in Adelaide last week when he was paired with IM
James Morris in the first round. James was the exchange ahead in
winning comfortably even though his rook was not yet in play. Karl was
desperately trying to find some...
If you are no good at tactics you are no good at chess. I’ve
just come back from a private chess lesson where my student showed me
some of her games and several times she had chances for an immediate win
but she missed the tactic. I suggested that she should play some
lightning (5 minute) chess to help develop her ability to spot those
Chess Kids now has it’s own on-line chess games site where you can
In the 1960′s the Melbourne Chess Club occupied a small premises
in Finders Lane in the city. It was very much an old-world gentleman’s
club with old books, leather armchairs, crusty old men and lots of
smoke! In 1965 my school chess team played one of our Interschool
matches in the MCC as it was a “central venue” and we were playing a
team from the other side of town.
I have only dim recollections of that day. I can remem...