Solutions

CHESS TO ENJOY (page 15)

Problem I. Fastest is 26. Qg7+! Rxg7 27. e7+ Rf7 28. e8=Q+ Qf8 29. Bxf7 mate.

Problem II. 25. ... Rxd3+! 26. Kxd3 Rd8+ and the game ended with 27. Ke3 Qxc2 28. Qe1 Rd3 mate.

Problem III. 35. ... d4! and 36. ... Bxc5+ (or 36. Qxd4 Qxb3 mate).

Problem IV. 21. Bxf5! gxf5 (21. ... Rxf5 22. Nh6+ or 21. ... exf5 22. Rxe8 Rxe8 23. Nf6+) 22. Nh6+ Kg7 23. Qg3+! Kh8 (23. ... Kxh6 24. Qg5 mate) 24. Qc3+ e5 25. Rxe5 and wins.

Problem V.

Black won after 27. ... Be4 28. Qc3 Be1 29. Rxe1 Bxf3+ 30. Kg1 Rg4+ but faster was 27. ... Bxh2!,

threatening ... Rh3xf3. For example, 28. Rg2 Bxf3 29. Rxf3 Qc1+ 30. Qf1 Bf4+ 31. Kg1 Be3+.

Problem VI. White stops the mate threat on g2 and wins with 39. Qe7+! Ka6! 40. Ra1+ Kb5 41. Qe2+ c4 42. Qb2+ Kc5 43. Qa3+ Kd4 44. Qe3 mate.

SOLITAIRE CHESS ABCs of Chess (page 17)

Problem I. Fork: The simple capture 1. ... dxe4 wins a piece.

Problem II. Pin/fork: The fork 1. ... Ne4+ exploits the pin on the f-pawn.

Problem III. Discovery: After 1. ... Qxe4+! 2. Nxe4 Ne3+ Black regains the queen with interest.

Problem IV. Mating net: It’s over after 1. ... Qh4+. If 2. Kg1,

then 2. ... Qxe1 mate. And if 2. g3, then 2. ... Qxh2 mate.

Problem V. Discovery: Black wins White’s queen with 1. ... Rxf1+.

Problem VI. Mating net: After 1. ... Qc5+, Black mates shortly after.

ENDGAME LAB Benko’s Bafflers (page 47)

Problem I. 1. Bd7+ Ka3 2. Bc6 Ka2 3. Kc2 a6 4. Bh1 A solo bishop draws against eight pawns.

Problem II. 1. c3+ Kc5 2. Na4+ Kb5 3. c4+ Ka6 4. Bc6 and Black is helpless against the white king walking through g2 to c8 followed by Bb7 mate.

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