Puzzles

Current Puzzles

[Event "Puzzle #378"][Date "2019.12.01"][Result "1-0"]1.c4 Nf6 2.Nc3 e6 3.Nf3 Be7 4.e4 d6 5.d4 Nc6 6.Be2 b6 7.O-O Bb7 8.d5 exd5 9.cxd5 Ne5 10.Nd4 O-O 11.Nf5 Bc8 12.f4 Ng6 13.Nd4 Bb7 14.Be3 a6 15.Rc1 Qd7 16.Kh1 Bc8 17.Nc6 Bd8 18.Bd4 Re8 19.e5 dxe5 20.fxe5 Nxd5


Puzzle of the week #378

English opening

Level: 4-Rook

[Event "Puzzle #377"][Date "2019.11.17"][Result "0-1"]1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 c5 4.c3 Nc6 5.Nf3 Qb6 6.Be2 cxd4 7.cxd4 Nh6 8.Nc3 Nf5 9.Kf1 Bd7 10.Na4 Qd8 11.Bf4 Be7 12.g4 Nh4 13.Nxh4 Bxh4 14.Nc5 Bc8 15.Qd2 f6 16.Kg2 O-O 17.Bg3 fxe5 18.dxe5 d4 19.Bxh4 Qxh4 20.Nd3 b6 21.f4 Bb7 22.Bf3 Na5 23.h3 Nc4 24.Qe2 Ne3+ 25.Kh2 Rac8 26.Rac1 Ba6 27.Be4


Puzzle of the week #377

French defence, Advance variation

Level: 4-Rook

Archived Puzzles

[Event "Puzzle #160"][Date "2011.04.16"][Result "1-0"]1.e4 c5 2.c3 d5 3.exd5 Qxd5 4.d4 e6 5.Nf3 Nf6 6.Be2 Be7 7.O-O O-O 8.c4 Qf5 9.Nc3 Rd8


Puzzle of the week #160

Modern opening surprises (2)


Level: 3-Bishop

[Event "Puzzle #159"][Date "2011.04.10"][Result "1-0"][SetUp "1"][FEN "r2qkb1r/pppb2pp/2np1n2/5pN1/2BQP3/2N5/PPP2PPP/R1B1K2R w KQkq - 0 1"]


Puzzle of the week #159

Opening blunders (2)


Level: 3-Bishop

[Event "Puzzle #158"][Date "2011.04.03"][Result "1-0"][SetUp "1"][FEN "1rbq2kr/p1ppb1pp/1pn5/3NP1N1/6Q1/8/PPP2PPP/R1B2RK1 w - - 0 1"]


Puzzle of the week #158

Achile's heel (3)


Level: 3-Bishop

[Event "Puzzle #157"][Date "2011.03.27"][Result "0-1"][SetUp "1"][FEN "8/pQRq2pk/4p2p/3r1p2/3P4/4P3/PP3PPP/6K1 b - - 0 1"]


Puzzle of the week #157

Celebrating club games


Level: 2-Knight

[Event "Puzzle #156"][Date "2011.03.20"][Result "0-1"][SetUp "1"][FEN "5rk1/2p3qp/1p1p1r2/p2R4/2P5/PPKQP3/8/3R4 b - - 0 1"]


Puzzle of the week #156

Discovered check


Level: 3-Bishop

[Event "Puzzle #155"][Date "2011.03.12"][Result "0-1"][SetUp "1"][FEN "4r1k1/8/3R1Qpp/2p5/2P1p1q1/P3P3/1P2PK2/8 b - - 0 1"]1...Rf8 ({Saving the g6-pawn is not a very good option; see what happens after} 1...g5??) (1...h5 2.Qxg6+ Qxg6 3.Rxg6+ Kh7 4.Rc6 Re5 {We have a Rook and pawns endgame}) 2.Rd8 Rxd8 3.Qxd8+  {White will bother the Black King with checks quite a lot}


Puzzle of the week #155

Endgame intuition (2)


Level: 3-Bishop

[Event "Puzzle #154"][Date "2011.03.07"][Result "0-0"][SetUp "1"][FEN "r3k2r/pp1q1ppp/1bpp1nn1/4p1B1/2N1P3/1QPP1N1P/PP3PP1/R4RK1 b kq - 0 1"]1...Qc7 (1...Bc5) (1...Bd8)


Puzzle of the week #154

What say you: A, B, or C? (3)


Level: 3-Bishop

[Event "Puzzle #153"][Date "2011.02.27"][Result "1-0"][SetUp "1"][FEN "8/8/7p/8/6pp/4N1Pk/5K2/8 w - - 0 1"]


Puzzle of the week #153

Knight's short journey (2)


Level: 3-Bishop

[Event "Puzzle #152"][Date "2011.02.19"][Result "1-0"][SetUp "1"][FEN "r4rk1/1p5q/p2p1p1Q/4p2N/2Pp4/8/PP5P/5R1K w - - 0 1"]


Puzzle of the week #152

The edge of a Knife


Level: 3-Bishop

[Event "Puzzle #151"][Date "2011.02.14"][Result "1-0"][SetUp "1"][FEN "6k1/5pb1/6pp/p1pr1b2/1p1pNB2/7P/PPP1RPP1/6K1 w - - 0 27"]{In the game} 27.Bc7 a4 28.Bb6 c4 29.Ng3 d3 30.cxd3 cxd3 31.Rd2 Bc3 {Black is winning}


Puzzle of the week #151

Any position is interesting


Level: 3-Bishop

[Event "Puzzle #150"][Date "2011.02.07"][Result "0-1"][SetUp "1"][FEN "8/4p1kp/4p1p1/4pPP1/4P2Q/6NP/1r1q4/1n3R1K w - - 0 1"]


Puzzle of the week #150

Helm's Deep


Level: 3-Bishop

[Event "Puzzle #149"][Date "2011.01.30"][Result "0-1"]1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.c3 Nf6 4.d4 exd4 5.e5 Nd5 6.Qb3 Nb6 7.cxd4 d5 8.Be2 Bf5 9.O-O Be7 10.Nc3 Nb4 11.Bd2


Puzzle of the week #149

Modern opening surprises (1)


Level: 4-Rook

-qB-r-k-
-----pp-
-Bb----p
--P----n
-P------
P----n--
-N---QPP
--R--N-K


Puzzle of the week #148

The final result counts


Level: 3-Bishop

----rk--
-p------
p-qr-bQ-
--------
P-------
-P-----R
--P---PP
-----R-K


Puzzle of the week #147

Pawns gone missing


Level: 3-Bishop

r-bqkbnr
pppnpp-p
---p--p-
--------
--B-P---
-----N--
PPPP-PPP
RNBQK--R


Puzzle of the week #146

Achile's ankle (2)


Level: 3-Bishop

---r--k-
pb--qp--
-p----p-
-------p
-----Q-P
-B------
PP---PP-
--R---K-


Puzzle of the week #145

Achile's ankle (1)


Level: 4-Rook

---r----
-----p-k
----p-p-
-----q--
--------
PQ-----P
-------P
---R---K


Puzzle of the week #144

What say you: A, B or C? (2)


Level: 4-Rook

-b-q--k-
---r--pp
--Q-Rp--
--B-p---
--P-----
------P-
-----PKP
--------


Puzzle of the week #143

Subtle details, yet effective


Level: 5-Queen

r----rk-
bp-bq-pp
p-p-----
--Ppp---
-P-P--n-
----BN--
P-N--PPP
R---QRK-


Puzzle of the week #141

Storming the castle


Level: 3-Bishop

--------
--------
--p-k---
-----p--
-------R
----P-Kp
-----P--
-------r


Puzzle of the week #140

Simple comme Bonjour! (2)


Level: 4-Rook

--r---k-
-p----pp
p-n-p---
--------
P-----P-
-NP---qP
-P---bQ-
R-B--K--


Puzzle of the week #139

Hints


Level: 6-King

--r---k-
---bpp-p
---p-npQ
----q---
rp-NP-P-
-----PN-
PP-----P
-K-R--R-


Puzzle of the week #138

No second chances


Level: 4-Rook

---rr-k-
p---bNpq
--p-p--p
---n---P
--pP----
--B--R--
PP--QPP-
--K-R---


Puzzle of the week #137

Wild, wild, West!


Level: 5-Queen