CHESS: Find the winning move

by CHESS Magazine
5/9/2018 – Here's another opportunity to sharpen your tactical skills: twelve positions taken from recent tournament. But we have a little surprise for you: on the diagram boards you can not only move the pieces around to analyse — there is also an embedded engine that will actually play out the position against you. Which means you can work things out directly on the diagrams in the browser. How neat is that?

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Find the Winning Moves

In the following diagrams, you are able to move the pieces, retract moves and try alternate lines. There is a completely new feature: when you play a move the embedded engine in the diagram will reply for the other side, after around three seconds. So you can play through the line you think will lead to success — and see it refuted if you have started with the wrong move. 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


Test: Harder puzzles in the ChessBase player

The last four positions are fairly difficult to solve, so we give you an opportunity to work things out with a stronger engine to support you. On our JavaScript board you can move pieces around, and start an engine by clicking the fan button. You can maximize the replayer, 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 March 2018, with kind permission. The solutions to the puzzles are given at the bottom of this page. Don't peek if you can resist.

The above article is reproduced from Chess Magazine May/2018, 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. CHESS is mailed to subscribers in over 50 countries. You can subscribe from Europe and Asia at a specially discounted rate for first timers here, or from North America here.

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Solutions to the above problems

Note: in our solutions replay board you can switch on an engine (fan icon) to analyse with machine assistance. Hovering with the mouse over individual buttons below the board and notation will indicate their function.

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.


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