Chess Puzzle of the Week (11)

Last week‘s puzzle was a rather sweet Mate in 3:


The solution:

  1. Kd7 Ke4
  2. Rd5 Kxd5
  3. Qd4#

Many of you may not be aware that Richmond London League star (and former RJCC member) Caspar Bates is also a distinguished composer of endgame studies.

This study was published in The Problemist, the magazine of the British Chess Problem Society, in September 2006.


As always in endgame studies, there’s some good news and some bad news. The bad news is that you’re two knights and three pawns behind and your opponent has an unstoppable passed pawn. The good news is that you have two passed pawns yourself.

It’s White to play and win.