Chess

Chess, like love, like music, has the power to make men happy. – Siegbert Tarrasch

While all artists are not chess players, all chess players are artists. – Marcel Duchamp

Position #1

White to move

1. Qg6!! ( this is a crushing sacrifice, offering the Queen in 3 different ways. )

If now 1….., hxg6 2. Ne7 mate. If ….., fxg6 2. Ne7+, Kh8 3. Rxf8 mate.
If ….., h6 2. Rxh6 forces mate. If ….., Qe4 2. Ne7+, Qxe7 ( if 2……, Kh8 3. Rxh7 mate ) 3. Qxh7 mate.

1……, Qxg6
2. Ne7 +, Kh8
3. Nxg6+, Kg8
4. Ne7+, Kh8
5. Rxh7+!, Kxh7
6. Rh3+, Rh4
7. Rxh4 mate

Position #2


1. Qe6+ !! ( This gift must be taken by black. If 1…., Kd8 2. Rb8 mate. The idea of this sacrifice is to buy white time for what’s next )

1….., Qxe6
2. Nd7! ( this threatens mate on b8. The knight must be taken by black. )
2……, Qxd7
3. Rb8+!!, Kxb8
4. cxd7 and there’s no way for black to stop the pawn from promoting with mate.

Position #3

1. Qxe6+!!, Kxe6
2. Bc4+, Kf6
3. R1d6+!, Bxd6
4. Rf7 mate

Position #4

White to move

1. Qxh7+!, Kxh7
2. Nxf6+, Kh6 ( if 2……, Kh8 3. Ng6 mate )
3. Neg4+, Kg5
4. h4+, Kf4
5. g3+, Kf3
6. Be2+, Kg2
7. Rh2+, Kg1
8. Kd2 mate ( The black king has travel all the way to the other side of the board with mate delivered with a king move, very unusual )

Position #5

White to move

1. Rc8+!, Rxc8 ( If 1….., Kxb7 2. Rxd8 )
2. Qxa7+!, Kxa7
3. cxd8 = N+! and wins  ( White under promotes to a knight in order to fork the king and queen )

Position #6

White to move

1. Rc1+, Kb8
2. Qb4+, Ka8
3. Bf3+!, Rxf3
4. Qe4+!, Qxe4
5. Rc8 mate ( Quod erat demonstrandum )

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