There has been a complaint. It seems that not everyone is able to solve “Jammo’s Chess Puzzles” even with the occasional hints that I offer. Failure, rather than spurring readers on to improve their chess skills so that these puzzles will no longer be a mystery, (and delighting at seeing the unimagined solution), means there is a grave danger that repeated failures at puzzle solving will discourage our budding chess champions.

The message has therefore come down from on high that I should chuck in some easy puzzles so that all our readers will be able to bask in the glory of having solved “Jammo’s Chess Puzzle”.

I am only too happy to oblige and accordingly I offer you “Jammo’s Chess Puzzle #8”. What is White’s best move?

What is White's Best Move?

What is White's Best Move?

If you are struggling with this one, then read the hint below:

HINT: Chess pieces can move backwards.

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ANSWER: 1.Kf1 mate. This is called discovered check, and I hope that you all discovered it. If you would like a slightly more difficult challenge then try this one.

Jammo’s Chess Puzzle #8.5.
What is White’s best move. There is a hint below if you need one.

What is White's Best Move?

What is White's Best Move?

HINT: What was Black’s last move?

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ANSWER: White mates in one move with 1.dxe (e.p.) mate. Black’s only possible last move was e7-e5 thus allowing White to capture “en passant”.

Now that wasn’t too hard, was it?

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