Solutions

CHESS TOENJOY (page 15)

ProblemI. 1. ... Nd2+ wins but 1. ... b1=Q is faster (2. Rxb1 Nd2+)—as long you don’t fall into 2. Kg2! Qxd1?? stalemate.

ProblemII. 1. ... Nxd3 2. Kxd3 a4! does it (3. Ke3 g4 4. Kf2 Kd4).

ProblemIII. 1. ... Qc6 sets up mating threats on g2 and h1, e.g. 2. Ne4 f5 or 2. f3 g6! 3. Qg4 f5 4. Qh3 Qxf3.

ProblemIV. 1. Qh4+ Kg7 2. Qf6+ Kh7 and now 3. Bc1! mates, e.g. 3. ... b2 4. Qh4+ Kg7 5. Qh6 mate or 3. ... Rh8 4. Bh6! Kxh6 5. Qxh8+ Kg5 6. g3! b2 7. Qh4 mate.

ProblemV. 1. ... Nb4! 2. Nxf8 (2. Bb3 Bb7+ or 2. c4 Rxe6 3. Bxe6 Bb7+) 2. ... Nxd5 and now 3. Bxe5 Bb7 4. h4 Rxe5 won in the game, or 3. Rxf5 Bb7 4. Rxe5 Nc3+! 5. Re4 Nxe4.

ProblemVI. 1. Ng5! threatens 2. Nxf7+/3. Nxd8 as well as 2 Rxc3. The game went 1. ... hxg5 2. Rxc3 Bxc1 3. Qxc1 gxf4 4. Qg1!, Black resigned in view of 4. ... Qf8 5. Rc8 Qxc8 6. Qg7 mate or 4. ... Bg6 5. Qg5 Kh7 6. h5.

SOLITAIRE CHESS ABCs of Chess (page 17)

ProblemI. Removing the guard: Black wins a pawn with 1. ... Bxc3+ 2. bxc3 2. dxe4.

ProblemII. Trapping: A piece is lost after 1. ... h6.

ProblemIII. Mating net: Black mates next move after 1. ... Nxf3+.

ProblemIV. Trapping: White’s queen is lost after 1. ... Bf5.

ProblemV. Removing the guard: Black scores with 1. ... Bxf3, threatening mate and the white queen.

ProblemVI. Mating net: After 1. ... Bf3,mate is unstoppable.

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ENDGAME LAB Benko’s Bafflers (page 55)

Problem I.

1. Nb3! White can make no progress with the obvious 1. Ke7? Kb4 2. Kd6 a5 3. Kd5 a4 4. Nc4 Kb5 5. Kd4 Kb4 6. Ne3 Kb3. 1. ... Kb4 1. ... Kc4 2. Na1! Kd3 3. Ke7 Kd2 4. Kd6 Kc1 5. b4 Kb2 6. Kc6 (6. Kc5? Kc3! is even) 6. ... Kc3 7. Kc5. 2. Na1! a5 3. Ke7 a4 4. Kd6 a3 5. Nc2+ Kb3 6. bxa3 and White wins. “Analysis of a position that occurred in actual play”

Problem II. 1. Na1! Strange knight move yet it is the only good one. (1. Na3? f3 2. Nc4 Kg5! 3. Kc2 Kg4 4. Kd3 Kf4 5. Nd2 f2 is level) (1. Ne1? Kg4 2. Kc2 f3 3. Nd3 f2 4. Nxf2+ Kf3 is equal); (1. Nb4? f3 2. Nd5 f2 3. Ne3 Kg5 4. Kc2 Kf4 5. Kd3 Kg3! 6. Nf1+ Kf3 7. Nd2+ Kf4 8. Ke2 f1=Q+ 9. Kxf1 Ke3 is equal) (1. Kc1? f3 2. Kd2 f2 3. Ke2 Kg4 Zugzwang and the game is drawn) 1. ... f3 2. Nb3 Kg4 3. Kc2 Kg3 4. Kc3 Zugzwang 4. ... Kg4 5. Kc4 Kg3 6. Kd5 Kf4 7. Nd2 f2 8. Nf1 wins.

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