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 checkmating patterns or 1-3 move tactics to strengthen your foresight and decision making; usually with only one best solution. Note: It is recommended that puzzles be solved on an actual chess board to help visualize the game.
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: Intermediate
Hint: “You cannot win without sacrifice” – Unknown
Contributor: Elijah Paulk vs. The Legend, Steve Caputi
Answer: QxBd6+ !;
If black decides to be greedy without forethought and play RxQ, then white delivers check with Rc8+. Black must play Rd8 only to be checkmated with RxRd8#. Regardless, black is under imminent threat. The only other logical option for black is to play Kg8. White essentially finishes the game with: 1) QxRd8+, Kh7 2) RxRf7, QxRf7 3) Re7, QxRe7 4) QxQ+.
Chess puzzles are provided by Fort Wayne Chess Club. For questions about the puzzle or to submit a puzzle, email email@example.com. 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.