Monday, November 04, 2013

Interesting checkmate ideas

Originally posted on January 20, 2013. 

1...Qh1 2.g4 Qf3# or if White plays anything other than 2.g4 Black checkmated with Qf1#

Also 1...Qf3 2.c4 and Black can play Nc1-Ne2-Ng1# while White pushes his c-pawn. Almost stalemate but not quite.

Marshall - Greek Gift

Originally posted April, 2013.

White to Play: Mate in 5.


This is the position that arises after:

1. d4 d5 2. c4 Nf6 3. cxd5 Nxd5 4. Nf3 e6 5. e4 Nf6 6. Nc3 Bb4 7. Bd3 Nbd7
8. O-O O-O 9. e5 Nd5 10. Bxh7+ Kxh7 11. Ng5+ Kg8 12. Nxd5 exd5 13. Qh5 Re8

Opening worksheets

Quick note about worksheets:
People sometimes ask me where I get my worksheets. I prefer to make them by hand using ChessBase. Usually I use rhetorical questions so they are very easy to solve.

When it comes to making tactic and checkmate puzzles, I get the puzzles from famous games. If a student's goal is to do thousands of puzzles, I usually recommend software or websites.

Although it uses a lot of paper and is more time-consuming, I find that doing things with pen/pencil and paper is a fun and relaxing way to learn. I recommend using this traditional method along with using training software or websites.