Tactics Laboratory #5

I have decided to mix the “mate in three” with the “play and win” puzzles. Along with some of the ending problems that should give us enough to stay busy and keep our minds sharp!

Dé?in 1978 

Black to play and win!


  1. Hello all, maybe I am just too tired, but I do not see a knockout solution:

    1….Nc2 2. h4 Nxe3 3. hg5 and black has the better prospects

    or 2…..Qg4 3. Bxc2 Rf3 4. gf3 Qxg3+ 5. Kf1 Bxf3 6. Qf2 for what seems like adequate defense, and in case of 3….Bf3 4. Nce2
    survives Black’s pressure.

    Please feel free to correct me-clarity would be appreciated!!

  2. Maybe I am not clear enough:

    I think KB’s solution is not correct!

    AFTER 1…Nc2, best play seems to dictate that
    White should play 2. h4.


  3. KB is correct in his line. It was the only line given for the solution.

    In your line 1…Nc2 2.h4 then 2…Qxe5 and white is either losing everything or being mated.



    Black maintains the fork, white’s bishop is now pinned and if the white queen moves off the g1-a7 diagonal (lest it be lost), he gets checkmated with 3…Qd4+ and 4…Rxh4#.

  4. Thanks, I agree. I mentioned I was tired, and really appreciate the assistance as I see now that I am having a hard time looking at the board/screen for long periods(since I am doing other work at the same time).

    For the record, I am not racing anyone in these puzzles. I am a
    big fan of participation, and accuracy. In life, speed is many times
    over rated. I appreciated the help with my incorrect solution because it helps me to improve upon my chess level of perception no matter what state I am in. I think more players
    should put themselves on the line like I have done and thus they will learn to improve their games and results when it counts!!!
    There is nothing like knowing your weaknesses in advance of your opportunity to perform at your best!!!

    Peace for today!!

  5. Thank YOU brother!

    It is refreshing to have you participating! I just posted the video on Gwaze and stated that we need to become more involved with the scholarship of chess… playing, writing, analyzing, composing, solving, etc.

    I think what I get from your post above is that we may need to take this to another level and analyze some positions. I enjoy doing this and you may remember the “Annotation Clash” I did a couple of years back. Maybe we can analyze one the games at the African Championships. I’m using the Simutowe-Gwaze game as the “Fire on Board” for this issue, so it has to be analyzed.

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