Takchess Chess Improvement

A Novice chessplayer works to get better at chess using an improvement program based upon the methods of Michael de la Maza and the teachings of Dan Heisman

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

WTM- an interesting position

Some chess tactical problems are just too cool. Here is one with white to move. Many forces are in balance here.

Source: Understanding Chess Tactics by Weterschnik page 19.

addon note: as DG noted the correct move is g4. I find this puzzle to be aesthetically pleasing.
The factors in balance are White desire to put the rook in the backrank is stopped by the queen. The pawn in front of the queen ,the discoverer opens up a discovered attack against the queen as well as interferes with the protection against the back rank mate. Discovered attack in order to be effective normally has the discoverer ( the piece which creates the discovered attack) do something useful such as attacking another piece, delivering a check, blockading.


  • At 6:15 AM, Blogger DG said…

    1.g4 looks good.

  • At 2:39 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    blah, i solved that already 10 times in PCT.

  • At 4:22 PM, Blogger hisbestfriend said…


    Wow dude, don't bother commenting. This is clearly on-topic to the Errant's. While this will move to Takchess's subconcious as purely a possible theme, there is a certain beauty to this composition.

    I agree that it tough to see certain kinds of moves, until the wool finally becomes lifted. Blocking with a pawn and certain types of deflection are like that for me.

  • At 4:34 AM, Blogger takchess said…

    just saw this problem or one like it in CT-art level 3. it is from an actual correspondance game.


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