CHESS: Find the winning moves

by CHESS Magazine
6/13/2018 – Here's another opportunity to sharpen your tactical skills: twelve positions taken from recent tournaments, for you to solve. As a special service, the diagram boards allow you not only to move the pieces around to analyse — there is also an embedded engine that will actually play the positions against you! That means you can work things out directly on the diagrams in the browser. Plus: you can get products from Chess & Bridge at a discount price!

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Test your tactical vision

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 the printed CHESS Magazine — 24 as opposed to our selection of 12.

Warm-up puzzles

These puzzles should be solvable by most club players.


Intermediate Puzzles for the Club Player

This set will require a bit more effort.


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 is reproduced from Chess Magazine June/2018, with kind permission. The solutions to the puzzles are given at the bottom of this page. Don't peek if you can resist.

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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Solutions to the above problems

Note: in our solutions replay board you can switch on an engine (the 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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