06/02/21 Puzzle: Solution

In this game, you had to find the best continuation in a short master game.


Thank you to everyone who sent in their answers. You received at least 1 point for sending in a solution. If you chose a good move you received two points. If you guessed the best continuation, you received 3 points. This week, the following players received 2 or more points for their solutions:

Natalie Weaver (3)
Hari Chowdhuri (3)
Joshua Doyle (3)

This Week’s Solution

You had to find how white could checkmate in 8 moves after the following:

  1. e4, e5
  2. Nf3, Nf6
  3. Bc4, Nxe4
  4. Nc3, Nc5
  5. Nxe5, f6
Position after 5… f6 (Diagram courtesy of chess.com)

The solution that we were looking for:

6. Qh5+ was the first move! This easily blockable check might seem inconsequential, but does make your life easier later down the line. After 6… g6, 7. Bf7+ forces the King to abandon the safety of his back rank, with a forced 7… Ke7. Now all white must do is encourage him further away from the safety of his troops.

8. Nd5+, Kd6
9. Nc4+, Kc6
10. Nb4+, Kb5
11. a4+,

Position after 11. a4+ (Diagram courtesy of chess.com)

Here, due to the placement of the queen, the knight is now pinned and cannot capture the a4 pawn. This leaves the King no other choice than to push onto white’s side of the board.

11… Kxb4
12. c3+, Kb3
13. Qd1++

Position after 13. Qd1++ (Diagram courtesy of chess.com)

What To Do Next

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Diagram courtesy of www.chess.com

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