Edward Winter's Chess Explorations (14)

12/21/2008 – The end-of-year quiz presented by the Editor of Chess Notes is simplicity itself (or almost): decide which move White played in each of six positions. The main prize is a copy of Yasser Seirawan’s fine book Winning Chess Combinations, which the US master will inscribe personally to the winner of the competition. The battle is now on.

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Chess Explorations (14)

By Edward Winter

It is White’s move in the six positions below, all of which occurred in actual play, and in each case readers are asked to state which move was played. All the games have been featured in Chess Notes over the past four years or so (available on-line, as indicated on the Archives page).

Position 1:


Position 2:


Position 3:


Position 4:


Position 5:


Position 6:


The reader who sends the best entry will receive a copy of Winning Chess Combinations by Yasser Seirawan (London, 2006), personally inscribed by Seirawan. If necessary, lots will be drawn.

Two consolation prizes are offered: the pocket-sized book on Magnus Carlsen (Kecskemét, 2008), signed by Carlsen. The two winners will be picked at random from all reasonable entries received.

The deadline for entering the quiz is Tuesday, 30 December 2008, and each entry must use the form indicated, which requires the contestant’s full name and postal address. When the winners are announced we shall add a few comments about the six positions.


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Edward Winter is the editor of Chess Notes, which was founded in January 1982 as "a forum for aficionados to discuss all matters relating to the Royal Pastime". Since then over 5,900 items have been published, and the series has resulted in four books by Winter: Chess Explorations (1996), Kings, Commoners and Knaves (1999), A Chess Omnibus (2003) and Chess Facts and Fables (2006). He is also the author of a monograph on Capablanca (1989).

Chess Notes is well known for its historical research, and anyone browsing in its archives will find a wealth of unknown games, accounts of historical mysteries, quotes and quips, and other material of every kind imaginable. Correspondents from around the world contribute items, and they include not only "ordinary readers" but also some eminent historians – and, indeed, some eminent masters. Chess Notes is located at the Chess History Center. Signed copies of Edward Winter's publications are currently available.


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