March 23 – 2015 … The slightest error loses …


Let’s look at a game that was played in our very own chess club this week … we’ll begin with this position: Back has put white into check with Qe1+ …

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So … what’s the best response for white? Take a moment to decide …




There are several options, but only one of them wins!

Decide which of these three wins:

1. Kh2

2. Rg1

3. Qg1





Only Qg1 wins !!!

What happens if I play Rg1 to black the queens threat?

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Black can respond with Qe4+ … (as indicated by the green arrow). If white moves out of check with his king, the queen will attack again … and a draw is coming soon. This move results in a draw!!

The correct answer was VERY hard to find … especially under the time constraints. Below is the correct response …

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Now, black…

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