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Mate in 3

 

POSITION 1. Mate in 3 moves

 

Basil

 POSITION 2: Mate in 3 moves

 It is not a secret that one of the methods I use to train is to solve problems of mate in 3 or 4 moves. I have made a small compilation of this type of problems but I have not always annotated who the author is… This happens with the two above: I only know the name of the position 2 author: Basil. From time to time I choose these or those positions and try to find the solution. Sometimes it takes me a few minutes. On other occasions I have to devote several days to try to solve one particular  position in . These training sessions may last one hour, half an hour or ten minutes. Sometimes you see the details of the position very quickly, but you are unable to accomplish the specification: only 3 moves. In other cases, your mind revolves around residual ideas and then it is better to leave the damned thing for the next session. (And some positions may be very tricky and then you begin to wonder if you will have taken down the correct position or not…). There is no strategy involved, but you must find the key squares for the pieces involved. When one of the pieces has several squares to go, you can be sure only one of them is the correct one. As you know, different tactical motifs are involved. I prefer positions with few pieces, not those with boards full of chessmen in a sort of chaos. A matter of taste, I suppose.

When one is not playing but try to devote one’s time to training sessions, the problem is to find activities which really help you to understand Chess. Should one study openings and openings alone? Should  one solve tactical problems from  GMs’ games? Should one study games? Or perhaps only huge volumes devoted to endgames?. Is it better to know “how” rather than to know “what”?. I cannot tell you what is the best (if any) way of doing things. 

To play Chess one knows to master different fields: openings , strategy, tactics, endgames, planning. But the amount of information is such that it is impossible to know everything about all those fields. So you have to be selective. Today you can easily get the latest Chess book in a matter of days (buying them, so paying for them, a fair deal) or you can get a lot of information from the Internet. The key in Chess is that piling up information does not turn you into a good, very good or excellent chessplayer. In this respect, the sum of the parts may be greater than the whole itself  and  a lot of work has to be done. This work includes playing as much as possible, but always within your personal limits. Many players and authors have stressed the importance of reading/studying good Chess books. 

Before giving the solutions, one step forward: Can you solve this one by the great S. Loyd ?:

Mate in 3

 (Black is about to queen his g Pawn. Remember the position is seen from the White side so the Black Pawn is on g2)

Solutions:

1.) 1. Qb5!! , Be6 / 2. Qa6 +! Ba2 / 3. Qxf6 mate.

2.) 1. Ra2, Ra1 /  2 Bb1!! Rxa2 / 3. Ng6 mate

3.) 1. Nfg3, Kg1/ 2. Ng5!! and is mate next move against any defence.

QChess.

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Written by QChess

May 8, 2014 at 8:31 am

Posted in CHESS

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