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June 11, 2004
Tactical puzzles from HCL M class
I have no words to thank all of you for your support and your nice comments regarding my interview with GoodKnight posted last month. I have no time for another interview for the time being; my chess activity has been reduced to a minimum, but I promise to come back later with more energy.
Enjoy below, seven positions which appeared in HCL M class games. I hope that you find them quite entertaining and educational.
I guess that this is easy, in order to warm up a little bit. White has just played 29.Qa1-b2. It is Black's turn to move. Which move secures the win?
White has just played 38.Qc3-c5. Black has found a beautiful combination to disorder White's defence. Can you?
White's last move was 24.Qd1-g4. It is obvious that White wants to prevent 24...Qg2#. Yet, checkmate is inevitable. Can you find Black's next move?
This one is beautiful and difficult. White has just played 32.Nd2-f3. This move saves the g3 pawn, but Black has better plans. What was the move that Black played? Do you belive that White had a better defence?
Black has just played 26...Kc8-b8. This move is not terrible, but I think it is not necessary. I guess that this position could be a topic for discussion. White's 27th move is not so easy to find.
Black has just played 31...Rd2xg2. It seems that Black is unaware of the danger. However the little move White played is unexpected. Black resigned without a reply.
This is one of the most spectacular games played in PlayChess web site. Here are the moves leading to the following diagram:
Can you guess White's next move? Can you guess the continuation that leaves Black helpless?
Please, post your comments with your own ideas and solutions. I believe that the thinking mechanism leading to the right answer is much more important than the move itself. Have fun, above all!
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