The Journal Gazette
Monday, July 19, 2021 1:00 am


Each week the Fort Wayne Chess club will offer tips for learning or improving your chess game. The puzzles you see are to teach simple check-mating patterns or 1-3 move tactics to strengthen your foresight and decision making; usually with only one best solution.

Chess notation: K=king, Q=queen, N=Knight, B=bishop, R=rook. A notation such as “e5” indicates a pawn move where there is only 1 pawn that can move to e5.

If a knight were to take the pawn on e5 notation would state Nxe5 (the leading letter N is interchangeable with any piece being used, i.e. Bxe5). If a pawn on the “D file” were to take an opposing pawn on the “E file,” notation would be as follows, d4xe5.

White to move; level: Medium


Contributor: A basic chess fundamental


Answer: Nf7+

This is a common checkmating pattern every chess enthusiast must know. When white plays Nf7+, black is forced to play Kg8. White then plays Nh6++ delivering double check (from the knight and the queen). Black is forced to play Kh8 (because if Kf8 then white checkmates with Qf7#). So after Kh8, white plays the move Qg8+ as black's rook is forced to take the queen because white's knight on h6 protects. White then delivers checkmate with Nf7# as black's king is smothered in the corner with no escape.


Chess puzzles are provided by Fort Wayne Chess Club. For questions about the puzzle or to submit a puzzle, email In addition, the chess club offers casual and competitive play from 2 to 6 p.m. each Saturday at Start Fort Wayne, 111 W. Berry St.

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