03/04/21 COMPETITION: Short Master Games

Short Sharp Shocks No.11

Note that the bottom left corner of the board is ‘a1’. This set is a continuation of the last set 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.

Automatics is not for the (chess) people…

Machines and robots have had a bad press for some while, due to their predictable and automatic responses. Nowadays, when the best of the chess robots can take out a world champion, it shows how far they have progressed.

In this game, black is punished severely for expecting an ‘automatic’ response.

White: Meek Black: Amateur

New Orleans, 1855

  1. e4, e5
  2. f4
Position after 2. f4 (diagram courtesy of chess.com)

The famed KING’S GAMBIT, responsible for many a brilliant game.

2… exf4
3. Nf3

To develop, and also guard against 3… Qh4+

3… d5

The so-called modern defence, the classical line is 3… g5, supporting the captured pawn at f4.

Position after 3… d5 (diagram courtesy of chess.com)

4. Nc3, dxe4,
5. Nxe4, Bg4
6. Qe2, Bxf3

Position after 6… Bxf3 (diagram courtesy of chess.com)

Black expects the obvious recapture by 7. Qxf3 or 7. gxf3, but white, who is not in automatic mode, floors him with one punch. What was it?

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!

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Diagram courtesy of www.chess.com


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