Tonight is the Chess Kids Xmas Party!   Yes, all the Chess Kids coaches and staff get together at the Guru’s house for a lavish party with gourmet catering by the Guru’s lovely wife, Kate.   And what do we do at the party?   Play chess of course!   I particularly like catching up with Frank Meerbach, who coaches in the Doncaster area, as Frank always has a few chess puzzles to challenge and enthral his audience.   It’s also good because he is the only person there who is older than me!

This year I’ve been preparing some puzzles of my own to try and catch Frank at his own game.   My method is simple.  I go onto “Chess Tempo” and find the most difficult puzzle that I can’t solve and make that the one that I give to Frank.   I must warn you, the one I have chosen is pretty hard, though not very deep, so you can have a go at solving it yourself if you like.   I only ask one favour.   If you do solve it, please don’t tell Frank!

[fen caption=”Black to play (moving up the board) and win” ]8/1P1RN1PP/3r1PK1/4q3/2P1p3/4bp1Q/1p2kp2/8 b – – 0 1[/fen]


Black wins with the clever manoeuvre 1…Qg4!! 2.Nf3 (not 2.Rxe3? Qd1#) 2…Qc4+ 3.Qxc4 dxc4+ and Black picks up the unprotected R.  Hope you got it.

2 Responses to “Jammo’s Chess Puzzle #112”

  1. December 22, 2011 at 11:44 am, Heath said:

    isn’t Qg4#?

  2. December 22, 2011 at 11:46 am, Heath said:

    oh yeah Kf7