The Problem Corner #13

September 9, 2010

Not all rook and pawn endgames are draws. This week's problem features two rooks and a pesky h-pawn that comes through for White. White to move and win.

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The Problem Corner #12

August 21, 2010

In the last round of the U.S. Junior Closed Championship, NM Parker Zhao, one of the lowest rated competitors, would have clinched clear first place if he had won this game against FM John Bryant. Ahead by two pawns in the middlegame, he unwisely traded down to reach this position.

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The Problem Corner #11

August 7, 2010

Problem #11 is taken from a position in the game Nanarokov - Grigoriev played in Moscow in 1923. Good luck working through the solution which will be posted subsequently.

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The Problem Corner #10

July 15, 2010

This week's problem was composed by the well-known Soviet composer of problems and endgame studies Leonid Ivanovich Kubbel (1891-1942) and brought to us, as have all of these entertaining problems, by Maine player John Gaspar.

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The Problem Corner #9

June 30, 2010

Only four pawns and kings on the board. Deep in the endgame it's White to move and win. Knowledge of these types of "fundamental particle" positions will help you win more games. Good luck!

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The Problem Corner #8

June 14, 2010

Problem 8 is identical to Problem 7, but with everything shifted one file over. White has just played 1. Qg7+ and now it's Black to move and draw. This position comes with an amusing story from IM Jeremy Silman in his book, Silman's Complete Endgame Course.

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The Problem Corner #7

May 31, 2010

Problem #7 may be considered a practical example from over-the-board play. White has won the pawn race by one move; now, how to win the game? White to move and win.

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The Problem Corner #6

May 18, 2010

This week's problem is White to move and draw from a 1941 study by Feiter. For this and subsequent problems we'll hold off on publishing comments for a while in order to give solvers a chance to "have a go" before a solution is posted.

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The Problem Corner #5

April 30, 2010

Problem #5 is a position composed by Hans Moravec. It's White to move and win. Have fun solving it!

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The Problem Corner #4

April 24, 2010

Our problem this week is from a simultaneous exhibition given by Emanuel Lasker in 1920. It's White (Lasker) to move and win.

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