03/04/21 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:

Aathiran Oyalood (3)
Hari Chowdhury (3)
Chinmyee Mayouran (3)
Nathaniel Butcher (3)

This Week’s Solution

In this game, you had to find the best continuation for white after the following moves:

  1. e4, e5
  2. f4, exf4
  3. Nf3, d5
  4. Nc3, dxe4
  5. Nxe4, Bg4
  6. Qe2, Bxf3
Position after 6… Bxf3 (diagram courtesy of chess.com)
The solution that we were looking for:

7. Nf6 ++, a double check that ends the game. After a double check, a king can only escape by moving. Since here either 7… Qxf6 or 7… Be7 (capture or block) still leaves the black king in check, and there are no safe squares for the king, white scores a quick win.

Note that 7. Nd6+ does not win because of 7… Kd7!

What To Do Next

Tomorrow you will be able find next week’s puzzle on our blog. The puzzler with the highest score at the end of the block will win a free chess lesson with the teacher of their choice and a solver badge and spot/two solver spots. Our runners up will receive a solver badge or a solver spot if they already have a badge. Consistently sending in your results is key to winning so make sure you subscribe below to get notified about the checkmate puzzles the moment they are published.

Diagram courtesy of www.chess.com

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