22/05/21 COMPETITION: Short Master Games

Short Sharp Shocks No.17

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.

White: Borochow Black: Fine

Pasadena, 1932

  1. e4, Nf6

The infamous Alekhine’s Defence. Black ignores the advice ‘pawns in the centre’, and ever provokes white to advance – he hopes – to it’s doom!

2. e5

White takes up the challenge. The deadly duel – knight vs. pawn – begins.

2… Nd5
3. c4

Here comes another. The knight is running short of squares.

3… Nb6
4. d4

Position after 4. d4 (diagram courtesy of chess.com)

The pawns flood into the centre. How can black resist?

4… Nc6

Position after 4… Nc6 (diagram courtesy of chess.com)

In for a penny, in for a pound. The two knights act like matadors. If white plays 5. c5, the knight at b6 slips into d5; if white plays 5. d5, the pawn at e5 falls!

How did white win a knight in only three moves?

When you think you know the answer, send your solution in to us by submitting the form below. 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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