I’m so happy!   I’ve just found a new chess application for my iPad called ChessDB HD which I’ve download for the princely sum of $8.99.  It’s a database of chess games/positions which comes loaded with such things as “1000 great short chess games, 773 mates in 1-4 moves, annotated immortal games, middle game lessons” and so on.  It won’t let you play through variations, only the actual games with notes shown beside the board, but there is just so much material – and the short games are ideal for my chess coaching lessons.  No more late nights trolling the internet for a good games for tomorrow’s chess lesson!

For today’s puzzle I’ve picked out one short game (see diagram).  Black has just played 6…Be7 and White is pondering whether or not the sacrifice 7.Nxf7 works.   He needs your help!   How would you advise White?

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I hope that you advised him to take the pawn.   After 7.Nxf7 Kxf7 8.Ng5+ Kg8 9.Nxe6 Qe8 10.Bc4 Qf7 11.Bb3 White is clearly winning with the threat of moving the N from e6 and pinning Black’s Q.   Unfortunately for Black instead of 10.Bc4 he played 10.Nxc7?? and Black replied 11.Bb4#!    I hope that White wasn’t following your advice!

2 Responses to “Jammo’s Chess Puzzle #54”

  1. September 18, 2010 at 2:33 pm, Laurence Matheson said:

    Nice, although 7.Nxf7? Kxf7 8.Ng5+ Kg8 9.Nxe6 Bb4+! 10.c3 Qe7 wins for black


  2. October 26, 2010 at 6:19 am, Owen said:

    Hi Robert,

    I’m the creator of ChessDB and I just found a link to your blog. I’m really happy that you liked my work. Just an FYI, you can actually view variations in ChessDB. When you come to a move with variations, a button that says “Show Variations” appears on the toolbar.

    An example of this can be found in the Middle Game Lessons database; Game 1 Alekhine v Junge; after move 8… d5.

    I’m glad to hear that ChessDB has been useful for you!