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Category Archives: Puzzle

Back Rank Weakness

By | Back Rank, Chess Coach, private chess tutor, Puzzle, Tactic, Tactical Motifs | No Comments

This tactic will help you determine how well you understand the back rank weaknesses. Please, as always, take your time! Do not rush to click the answer button or even the hints! Do not forget to click hints/solution to check your final answer!  Good luck!

Hint 1

Back Rank Weakness
Hint 2

Add more pieces to the attack… Maybe the Bishop can play a role?

1. Bh3! Bxh3
2. Qf7+ Kh8
3. Qf8+ 1-0
1. Bh3! Re8
2. Rf8+!! Rxf8
3. Bxe6+ Qxe6
4. Qxe6

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Rafeh Qazi vs. Dylan [Happy Thanksgiving!]

A miniature tactical espionage. A flashback to my earlier swashbuckling, almost 19th century romantic era type of chess play. A game I believe to fit today’s holiday theme perfectly well. Eat your turkey & check out my game! Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving

Pawn Promotion Puzzle [1400+]

By | Chess, Chess Coach, Endgame, Pawn Promotion, Puzzle, Study, Tactic | No Comments

This puzzle is fairly simple and straight forward. Sorry I have been busy so I did not get a chance to post something sooner! It is not TOO simple though. Think you got what it takes? Try your hand at this Pawn Promotion Puzzle [1400+]. Take your time, there is always a better move :). The title should offer a great amount of help. Make sure you click for solution to check your answer!

Click for Solution

1. Rxe6 fxe6
2. Qxd5 cxd5
3. f7! 1-0

No way to stop white from making a new queen!

Nifty Chess Puzzle [1800+]

By | Chess Coach, Endgame, King and Pawn, Puzzle, Study | No Comments

This is a very nifty chess puzzle and not easy by any means. So please spend some time before you check the solution. You are most likely wrong if you get the answer too quickly and thought it was easy :).

Click for Solution
1… Kf7
2. Re5! (if f8=Q then Rf5+!) so, f8=R!!
3. Rh5 (to stop Rh1 mate) Kg6!
Threatening the rook and Rf8 mate.


Strategic Chess Play

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Eric Musielski vs. Dylan [Game of The Tournament]

A superb game played by one of the Niles North Students named Eric Musielski! A very nice merge of both positional and strategic chess play leading into an endgame. There were some inaccuracies but mostly the game was backed by solid plans during each phase. Click the “Read More” button to view the thoughts, analysis, and emotions of the Game of The Tournament Player himself! Enjoy…

Eric's Game

Lucena Position [White to Move and Win]

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What Every Chess Player Should Know.
[Endgame Technique]