Chess Puzzle of the Week (28)


Last week I left you with this position. You might have been tempted to play 1. d5 Ne5 2. Bb4, apparently trapping the black queen.

But Black can reply with 2… Qf3, winning a pawn because of 3. gxf3 Nxf3+ 4. Kf1 Bh3#.

Instead, White should simply play O-O in the diagrammed position, with a slight but definite advantage.

This week, it’s the first round of an open Swiss and you have White against a much lower rated opponent.


How are you going to finish him off?