Chess Magazine: Test your tactics

by CHESS Magazine
3/19/2018 – Test your tactical ability with these positions grouped in rough order of difficulty. The games come from various recent events: Gibraltar, Moscow, Riyadh, etc.. 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 JavaScript chess engine.

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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. At the bottom of the page you find the solutions, presented on our ChessBase replay board, 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


Harder 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 engine support. 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.

About CHESS Magazine

CHESS Magazine March 2018

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, or subscribe from North America.

UK’s most popular CHESS Magazine — established 1935! All the regular features of the UK’s best-selling CHESS magazine plus more! In this issue:

  • The King of Wijk – Yochanan Afek watched Magnus Carlsen win Wijk for a sixth time
  • A Good Start – Gawain Jones was pleased to begin well at Wijk aan Zee
  • All Tied Up on the Rock – John Saunders had to work hard, but once again enjoyed Gibraltar
  • Rocking the Rock – The best of the action from the Tradewise Gibraltar Masters
  • HIARCS and the World of Computer Chess – Mark Uniacke reports and discusses a paradigm shift
  • A Lovely Attack – Dan Bisby is always a dangerous opponent as Jon Speelman discovered
  • Doing It By The Book – Carl Strugnell managed to win without leaving his preparation
  • Studies with Stephenson – Brian is back and discusses the remarkable Penrose family
  • The Importance of Knowing Endgames – Milos Pavlovic presents one of Chéron’s handy rules of thumb
  • Plus all the regular features such as: How Good is Your Chess?, Saunders on Chess, Find the Winning Moves, Never Mind the Grandmasters, Studies, Home & Overseas News, Calendar and Book Reviews.

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You probably know that you can move pieces on the replay boards to analyse, and even start an engine to help you. You can maximize the replayer, auto-play, flip the board and even change the piece style in the bar below the board. At the bottom of the notation window on the right there are buttons for editing (delete, promote, cut lines, unannotate, undo, redo) save, play out the position against Fritz and even embed our JavaScript replayer on your web site or blog!

Hovering the mouse over any button will show you its 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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