The Journal Gazette
Monday, January 24, 2022 1:00 am

Weekly Chess Puzzle

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.

Hint: “Real discoveries come from chaos.” -- Chuck Palahniuk


Black to move; level: genius


Contributor: Eldorous Lyons Dayton (1942)


Answer: Qg1+ !!; It seems so unclear at first sight, but discovered checks should always be accounted for! After Qg1+, if white plays RxQ, then a simple Nf2# will finish the job. So white must play KxQ only to prolong the inevitable. Once KxQ is played, Ne2+ delivers double check, from the knight and black's bishop on c5. If Kh1, Nf2# delivers mate quickly. So instead, when white plays Kf1, the game is finished with 1)...Ne4-g3+ 2) h2x (forced), Ne2-g3#- as all of white's escape squares are covered by black's knight and bishop. Beautiful!


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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