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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Chess puzzles: Two old combinations of mate-in-three

Chess news and chess trivia blog (c) Alexandra Kosteniuk, 2010

Hi Everyone,

Remember the two old combinations you always learn when studying endgames? Regular mating patterns? Here are two such patterns used for a mate-in-three but in the middlegame. Gives you an idea how you need to fit endgame patterns to the middlegame.

But the problem is, we won't tell you the names of the patterns. That would be a hint. So, go on, White to play and mate in three in both the puzzles. It's all forced but can you see it?

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  • At November 30, 2010 at 10:23 AM , Blogger Chess Blog Admin said...

    Also check our partner site for super puzzles of all levels in video podcast format hosted by Chess Queen Alexandra Kosteniuk. Fantastic stuff for your ipod.

  • At December 1, 2010 at 4:15 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I like all your puzzles at Hope you will increase the database after the WC. The puzzles are really super. Each one of them and the way you host the video podcasts oh it's so cool. I wish you all the luck in the upcoming challenge Chess Queen.


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