Hi, I've been away for a couple of weeks but now I'm back to test you with some more tricky puzzles. First, how did you go with the last puzzle?
Most of you would have seen that if Black's bishop on h2 moves, it will be check form the rook, a Discovered Check. But the bishop is also in the way of Black's queen as well, so the best move is NOT to retreat but sacrifice the bishop by pushing it out the way. 1..Bg1+! which clears the way for Black's queen to come in to h2 to give Checkmate next move.
Now let's try an even harder puzzle! The answer will be next week!
How did you go with last week's easy puzzle? At least it was easy if you're on the look out for some basic chess ideas. Everyone should be thinking about all the Checks they can do (and that their opponent can do to them) especially with their best pieces. Also, everyone should be aware of the weak spots, squares f2 for White and f7 for Black. With these ways of thinking, the puzzle was unbelievably easy!
Here's this week's puzzle, which is quite easy, but not as easy as last week's.
Do you know who the top players in the World are? I'll be updating this list weekly on a Tuesday. The World Champion has just won a tournament in Holland and stays as World Number 1.
This blog will help students to better understand chess patterns and thinking skills. It will also include some information and some fun. Each week there will be puzzles and some chess ideas and information to look at.
An easy one to start with, but beware!!! They will get harder!