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knight) occupies d7. Note that White’s queen will enter the g-file behind g4, the square that the bishop can use to block the queen’s check, opening d7.


8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1


-+-tr-mk-+ +-+l+p+- -+-+-zP-+ +-+-+-+- -+-+-+-+ +-+-+-+- -+-zPP+-+


mK-+Q+-tR- a b c d e f g h


White to move


1. Rg8+ Kxg8 2. Qg1+ Bg4! 3. Qxg4+ But now d7 is available to the king.


3. … Kf8 4. Qg7+ Ke8 ... and the king escapes.


Position #4: There’s a defending rook on h8 Here’s a remarkable new feature. The position is very similar to what we have worked through, but here, we have added a black rook on h8 to de- fend g8. Note that White’s queen now has access to the g-file only at g5 and, importantly, access to the h-file at h6.


8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1


-+-wqrmk-tr +-+-+p+- -+-+-zP-+ +-+-+-+- -+-+-+-+ +-+-+-+- -+-wQP+-+


mK-+-+-tR- a b c d e f g h


White to move The sacrifice works here too


despite the presence of the rook on h8!


When White sacrifices the rook


here on g8, Black has a choice of cap- turing the rook with the king or with the Rh8. The capture with the king meets a quick, familiar mate with Qg5- g7. The capture with the rook also meets a quick mate because White has Qh6+. 1. Rg8+ Kxg8 1. ... Rxg8 2. Qh6+ with mate next


on g7. 2. Qg5+ Kf8 3. Qg7# Here, once again, the king’s escape is blocked by the Re8.


In the following quiz, all six solutions


again contain the complete games. To improve more quickly, play through the entire game. All the top players do that! Be sure to watch how the pawn arrives on f6, how the files open, and how the pieces reach their attacking squares.


Quiz #1: White to move


8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1


r+-+rmk-+ +pzpn+p+p p+-zp-zP-+ +-+P+P+- -+-+-tR-+ +P+-+-+- PmKP+-wQR+


+-+-+-+q a b c d e f g h


Quiz #2: White to move


8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1


r+-+qmk-tr +p+lvlp+- p+n+pzp-+ +-vL-zP-+p -+-+-wQ-+ +-+-+-tR- PzP-+-zPPzP


+L+R+-mK- a b c d e f g h


8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1


8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1


8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1


Quiz #3: White to move


-+-+-mk-+ zpptr-+ptRp -wq-+-zP-+ +-+pzP-+- -+-zP-+-+ zP-+Q+-+- -zP-+-+PzP


+-tr-+RmK- a b c d e f


g h Quiz #4: White to move


8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1


-+-tr-+k+ +l+q+p+- p+r+-zP-+ +-+pzp-zp- -+-vLn+-+ tR-+-wQ-+- -zPP+-+-zP


+K+-+LtR- a b c d


e f g h Quiz #5: White to move


-tr-+-mkntR +-+l+p+- pwq-+-zP-+ +-+pvl-+- -zp-sN-+-+ +-+L+Q+- PzPP+N+-+


+K+-+-+- a b c d e f g h


Quiz #6: White to move


r+-+-mk-+ wq-+-+p+- -+-zp-zP-zp +-+P+-+- -+-+p+-tR +rzP-+-+- PzP-+Q+R+


mK-+-+-+- a b c d


e f g h Solutions on page 19 February 2013 Chess Life for Kids! E 11


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