10/04/21 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)
Sam Leakey (3)
Natalie Weaver (3)

Our Winners:

In first place with 15 points we have:

Natalie Weaver (15 points)

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This block’s runners-up:

Hari Chowdhury (9 points)
Chinmyee Mayouran (9 points)

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This Week’s Solution

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

  1. e4, e5
  2. Nf3, Nc6
  3. Bc4, Nd4?!
  4. Nxe5, Qg5
  5. Nxf7, Qxg2
  6. Rf1
Position after 6… Bxf3 (diagram courtesy of chess.com)
The solution that we were looking for:

Black wound up the game with 6… Qxe4+, 7. Be2 (the only other move is 7. Qe2, which loses the queen after 7… Nxe2) 7… Nf3 checkmate!

A brilliant smothered mate delivers victory. As for the reason black won the game after his blatant transgressions against the rules of the opening… chess philosophers are still pondering this riddle to this day!

What To Do Next

We are taking a week’s break!

You will be able find the next puzzle on our blog on Saturday 24th April. 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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