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This is a page - created in January, 2007 - designed to hold chess problems and chess puzzles.  

(The answers will not be given here! You have to search this website, or solve them on your own! Or ... simply follow the links!)  

  Chess Puzzle # 55  

GM L. McShane - GM L. Aronian; Bundesliga 2006-07  (prob03_puz55.gif, 09 KB)

   Black to move in this position.  (66... ???)   

White had been a Pawn ahead earlier ... but had somehow drifted from the best course of play. The second player now uncorks an amazing series of moves to stun White ... and decide the game in Black's favor. How did Black proceed from the position given above? 

  Chess Puzzle # 56  

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   Black to move in this position.  (59... ???)   

Black plays a nice move in this endgame, and considerably shortens what could have been a long and strenuous battle.  

  Chess Puzzles,  # 57 and # 58  

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 White to move and win.  (38. ???) 

 Black to move and win.  (52... ???) 

All this was from the chess contest between Michael Adams and Veselin Topalov. (The Mtel Masters, Sofia, BUL; 2005.) Apparently both players missed the best move ... and maybe more than once! See if you can figure out what they missed. This game is thoroughly annotated in the book, "The Art of Planning in Chess," (Move by move); by GM Neil McDonald. (An incredible book, if you buy it, I promise that you will not be disappointed.) 

  Chess Puzzle # 59  


  Black to move.  (20... ???) 

Since I was a young person, Ljubojevic was always one of my favorite players. (At one time, he was probably one of the "Top Five" players in the whole world.) Here he plays a nice combination, which has a unexpected result. (If you have no clue, then click here.) 

  Chess Puzzle # 60  

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White to play.  (16.???)  

GM Alexander Onischuk has always been an exciting player ... here he plays a wonderful combination that not even Fritz 9 discovers - at least, not right away. 
(Study this awhile, if you would like the moves for this game, then click here.)  

  Chess Puzzle # 61  

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   White to move in this position(27. ???)   

Black's last move was a blunder, now White has a "petit combination" to win material.  [Game analysis, replay this game.]  

  Chess Puzzle # 62  

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   Black to move in this position(37... ???)   

I am old enough to remember IM Igor Ivanov ... I played him many times (15-20) in tournament chess. (Plus I played Ivanov several times in various five minute tournaments, one of my wins in a blitz tournament from Bermuda was published in GM W. Browne's {now defunct} magazine dedicated to five-minute chess.) 

Here, Ivanov makes an excellent combination to win the game. Study it for a few minutes, if you give up, then go here to replay the whole game. 

  Chess Puzzle # 63  

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  White to move in this position.  (28. ???)  

Victor Korchnoi (Kortschnoj) has long been one of my favorite players. Here - in a game played when I was probably in first grade - he clobbers another master in an amazing combination. The final position is a perfect example of the theme of the "epaulette mate." Study it for a while, if you give up, then click here. (Its a nice sacrifice too.) 

  Chess Puzzle # 64  

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  White to move in this position.  (26. ???)  

May 24th, 2007:  GM Boris Alterman was once one of the most promising junior players in the world. Here is a GM that often plays sharp and enterprising chess, and has won many international tournaments. Today, at age 37, he could be considered past his prime. However, above is a game where he plays an exceptional combination, please study it for at least five minutes, and see if you cannot solve it. (Hint: The first move isn't that hard, its the follow-up ...) If you give up, then click here to replay the entire game ... and (also) see the answer.  

  Chess Puzzle # 65  

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  Black to move in this position.  (25... ???)  

Thus far, Black has played an excellent game. (White was slowly outplayed, it was not really clear where he went wrong.) Now Black unleashes a terrific combination, the ideas are not at all easy to spot. (Study it carefully for a few minutes. If you give up, then click here for the answer. NOTE: You have to read all the posts carefully, the answer is discussed in 'kibitzing' section ... several times.)  

  Chess Puzzle # 66  

  White to move in this position.  (42. ???)  

It is White to move in this position, please study it carefully. The solution is much more difficult than you might at first think, there is also a subtle finesse at the end of this combination. (If you give up, then click here.)  

  Chess Puzzle # 67  

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  Black to move in this position.  (XX. ???)  

A nice little puzzle from the book, "(The London Times) WINNING MOVES." (Pub. in 2003, this is problem # 179.) 

  Chess Puzzle # 68  

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  White to move in this position.  (XX. ???)  

A nice little puzzle from the book, "(The London Times) WINNING MOVES." (Pub. in 2003, this is problem # 357.) 

  Chess Puzzle # 69  

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  White to move in this position.  (12. ???)  

GM Murray Chandler  and  GM Ian Rogers  have had an intense rivalry over the years. All of the games that I have looked at have been interesting, they have a much higher percentage of decisive games than most "GM-vs-GM" match-ups. Here, GM M. Chandler plays an incredibly deep idea. My advice? Set up a board and work on it for a while - at least 15-30 minutes. (This is a very difficult problem, so take your time. The best method is to try and solve it in your head, and then write down your moves. {Record all your thoughts.} If you have done this for at least thirty minutes, but you are not getting anywhere ... then try moving the pieces. However, you still should record the lines that you look at. If you don't get it ... or you just plain give up, then click here to replay the game.) 

  Chess Puzzle # 70  

  White to move and mate in two. (solution)  

  Chess Puzzle # 71  (March, 2015.)   

Black to move ... and win.  (Solution.) 

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