The Journal Gazette
Monday, January 10, 2022 1:00 am

Weekly Chess Puzzle

Each week the Fort Wayne Chess club will offer tips for learning or improving your chess game. The puzzles you see are to teach simple checkmating patterns or 1-3 move tactics to strengthen your foresight and decision making; usually with only one best solution. Note: It is recommended that puzzles be solved on an actual chess board to help visualize the game.

Chess notation: K=king, Q=queen, N=Knight, B=bishop, R=rook.

A notation such as “e5” indicates a pawn move where there is only 1 pawn that can move to e5.

If a knight were to take the pawn on e5 notation would state Nxe5 (the leading letter N is interchangeable with any piece being used, i.e. Bxe5). If a pawn on the “D file” were to take an opposing pawn on the “E file,” notation would be as follows, d4xe5.

Hint: Deflection tactic


White to move; level: hard


Contributor: GM Lubomir Kavalek (1965)


Answer: Rd8+ !; Black is doomed! The idea behind Rd8+ is two-fold. White wants to free-up the white squares for their queen to infiltrate. If black plays QxRd8, then white proceeds with 1) Qe6+, Kf8 2) Qf7#. However, black can play BxRd8, but to no avail. White would follow with 1) QxRh8!, KxQ 2) Rf8# , as the f-file is now open because of BxRd8.


Chess puzzles are provided by Fort Wayne Chess Club. For questions about the puzzle or to submit a puzzle, email In addition, the chess club offers casual and competitive play from 2 to 6 p.m. each Saturday at Start Fort Wayne, 111 W. Berry St.


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