Jenny From The Block

This is a very nice chess tactic that Jennifer Shahade posted on her twitter feed.

I highly recommend following her on Twitter.  She writes a lot of great articles for USCF as well.

White to play, answer below

Don’t look at the answer until you try to solve it yourself!!

White to play

She also asked which famous game it was similar to. 

James Drebenstedt knew the answer was this chess game between Bobby Fischer and Pal Benko.

[Event “USA-ch”]
[Site “New York”]
[Date “1963.12.30”]
[Round “10”]
[White “Fischer, Robert James”]
[Black “Benko, Pal C”]
[Result “1-0″]
[ECO “B09″]
[PlyCount “41”]
[EventDate “1963.12.15”]
[EventType “tourn”]
[EventRounds “11”]
[EventCountry “USA”]
[Source “ChessBase”]
[SourceDate “1999.07.01”]

1. e4 g6 2. d4 Bg7 3. Nc3 d6 4. f4 Nf6 5. Nf3 O-O 6. Bd3 Bg4 7. h3 Bxf3 8. Qxf3
Nc6 9. Be3 e5 10. dxe5 dxe5 11. f5 gxf5 12. Qxf5 Nd4 13. Qf2 Ne8 14. O-O Nd6
15. Qg3 Kh8 16. Qg4 c6 17. Qh5 Qe8 18. Bxd4 exd4 19. Rf6 Kg8 20. e5 h6 21. Ne2


Both the Fischer game and Shahade’s puzzle use a Blocking Motif.

This is a somewhat rare chess tactic, but lots of fun to play when it comes up! 

Answer: 1. Bf6+! is a forced mate after 1… Bxf6 (The knight on h7 is pinned to the King by the Queen)

2. Be4! The point of playing Bf6.  Now black cannot move his f pawn to prevent a mate on h7.

2…Qh3 delays mate. 2…Qf5 also delays mate 3. Bxf5 any 4. Qxh7#

3. gxh3 any 4. Qxh7#


1. Rxe5 is good, but white is already down a piece, and this allows black to play f6, which screws up the whole try to mate the king thing :-)


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