Chess Puzzle of the Week (168): Solution

Wainwright – Palmer
British Championship Shrewsbury 1906

Last week I asked you whether it was safe for White to capture on d5 here.

The answer is no – it’s not safe.

The game continued: 20. Nxd5? Nxd5 21. Bxd5 Bxd5 and now Wainwright noticed that 22. Rxd5? would be met by 22… c4!. White tried 22. Qxd5 instead, but soon lost the game.

You have to see them coming!

My first article on George Edward Wainwright, covering his life up to 1901, including his time at Twickenham Chess Club in the early 1890s, has now been published here.