CHESS Magazine: Find the Winning Moves

8/7/2017 – Test your tactical ability with these positions grouped in rough order of difficulty. The games come from various recent events, not least the opening Grand Chess Tour events in Paris and Leuven. Don’t forget that whilst sometimes the key move will force mate or the win of material, other times it will just win a pawn. Take your time analysing the positions, on our news page, assisted by a built-in chess engine.

Find the Winning Moves

In the following diagrams you are able to move the pieces, retract moves and try alternate lines. At the bottom of the page you find the solutions, presented on our game viewer, where you can analyse with engine support (mainly to understand why alternatives do not work). Note that there are twice as many puzzles in CHESS Magazine — 24 as opposed to our selection of 12.

Warm-up puzzles



Intermediate Puzzles for the Club Player

Caruana-Carlsen, Paris (blitz) 2017


Rzayev-Beradze, Nakhchivan, 2017


Gholami-Noroozi, Tehran Zonal, 2017


Henrichs-Sergeev, Bregenz, 2017


Harder Puzzles for the Club Player

Vitiugov-Nguyen Thai Dai Van, Karlsruhe, 2017


Ponomariov-Macieja, Europ. Championship Minsk, 2017


Mamedyarov-Nakamura, Paris (blitz) 2017


Ross-Spinu, IBCA Olympiad, Ohrid, 2017


Test yourself

Harder puzzles in our full-featured game viewer

The last four positions are fairly difficult to solve, so we give you an opportunity to work things out with engine support. In our game viewer you can move pieces around, and start an engine by clicking the fan button. You can maximize the viewer, auto-play, flip the board, etc. Hovering the mouse over any button will show you its function. The little tab to the bottom right of the board tells you which side to move.


The above article was reproduced from Chess Magazine August/2017, with kind permission.

CHESS Magazine was established in 1935 by B.H. Wood who ran it for over fifty years. It is published each month by the London Chess Centre and is edited by IM Richard Palliser and Matt Read. The Executive Editor is Malcolm Pein, who organises the London Chess Classic.

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Reti: A Repertoire for White
Victor Bologan; PC-DVD, running time: 5 hours
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1 Nf3 followed by 2 c4 is, of course, by no
means a new development, but it has been
quite topical of late and might just surprise
many opponents at club level. Bologan is
certainly keen on emphasising the typical plans
and motifs for White, as he takes the viewer
through some 30 mini video lectures. The
Symmetrical English lines after 1 Nf3 c5 2 c4
Nf6 3 Nc3 can certainly become quite
theoretical, but here and with 1 Nf3 d5 2 c4
c6 3 g3 there should be sufficient coverage for
most viewers. Bologan admits that he has not
covered quite every black defence, which is
honest and shouldn’t be too big a deterent to
getting the viewer up and running with 1 Nf3,
but quite possibly not all will want to meet the
King’s Indian, 1...Nf6 2 c4 g6, with 3 b4!?.

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Rocket Repertoire: The Four Knights
Simon Williams; PC-DVD, running time: 5 hours
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The popular English Grandmaster isn’t a
man one associates with dull positions, so
that he considers 1 e4 e5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 Nc3
N f6 to be quite a viable position as White
makes one sit up and take notice. Williams
covers both 4 Bb5 and 4 d4 exd4 5 Nxd4,
two sensible options where he does his best
to avoid excessive theory and to inject an
attacking bent where possible. Unsurprisingly,
though, some of the recommendations are
still quite positional, something which one
couldn’t describe the concluding Belgrade
Gambit (4 d4 exd4 5 Nd5!?) coverage as.

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The Blumenfeld Gambit:
A Sharp Weapon in the Benoni

Andrew Martin; PC-DVD, running time:
4 hours, 44 minutes
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This is quite a detailed DVD on that sharp
counter to 1 d4 Nf6 2 c4 e6 3 Nf3, namely
3...c5 4 d5 b5!?. Martin presents some classic
Blumenfeld games, as well as a fair bit of
cutting-edge theory and, of course, in his usual
style does a very good job of explaining all the
key ideas for both sides. If you like to fight for
the initiative as Black from the word go and
revel in unbalanced, sometimes fairly irrational
positions, the Blumenfeld might just be a good fit.

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