06/02/21 COMPETITION: Short Master Games

Short Sharp Shocks No.3

Note that the bottom left corner of the board is ‘a1’. This set is different to the last sets of puzzles. These games are real games played by master players. Rather than searching necessarily for a checkmate, you must search for the best continuation. We prefer to receive answers in algebraic notation.

Our game this week is an amazing tour de force. The solution is actually longer than the game itself! White was Taylor, black the ubiquitous ‘amateur’, and the game was played in London, 1862.

  1. e4, e5
  2. Nf3, Nf6
  3. Bc4, Nxe4
  4. Nc3,
Position after 4. Nc3 (diagram courtesy of chess.com)

The Boden-Kieseritsky Gambit; black is meant to answer, 4… Nxc3 5.dxc3, f6.

4… Nc5
5. Nxe5, f6

Position after 5… f6 (diagram courtesy of chess.com)

Now, without making any more moves, white announced he could CHECKMATE in 8 more moves. Can you work out the continuation?

When you think you know the answer, send your solution in to us by submitting the form on this page. We will publish the full solutions, and names of all those who sent us the correct answers, in our blog next week (if you would rather not be named, please say so!).

Everyone who sends in their answers receives at least 1 point. If you correctly guess the best continuation, you will receive 3 points. The puzzler with the highest score after the six week set of puzzles will win a solver badge/solver spots and a free chess lesson with the teacher of their choice!

Good luck!


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Diagram courtesy of www.chess.com


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