Weekend tactics #1

It is never enough of learning tactics, patterns and typical chess combinations. I have decided to bring you one tactics diagram each weekend for sharpening our tactical skills. If you think you have found the right way, please, share your idea with the others in the discussion below!

White to move:

Weekend tactics

Update: I will publish the solution August 22nd.

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5 Responses to “Weekend tactics #1”

  1. patzer says:

    1.Qf8+ Rxf8

    it took me 5 secs to find out though.

  2. admin says:

    Did you mean 1.Qc8+ Rxc8 2. Rxc8#? It doesn´t work – see the rook on h8.

  3. patzer says:

    oh I forget that rook.

    So maybe this is the right answer:
    Rxh3 Rxh3
    Qxc8+ Rxc8

    3 moves

  4. Thomas says:

    Patzer, your second attempt (or guess) makes sense –
    but this is not the end of the story.

    After 1.Rh6:! blacks doesn’t have to cooperate,
    he can move his rook along the 8th rank, say 1.-Rhg8.
    But then white has another tactics: 2.g3! and the queen cannot defend
    the knight on f6. 2.-Qg3: 3.Rf6: and this should be enough to win the game.

  5. admin says:

    One week later, but here is the solution:


    Thomas, congratulations!

    The diagram is from the game Benjamin – Arnold, Philadelphia 2009.

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