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Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Chess puzzles: Two Mates-in-3!

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

Hello Everyone,

Time for our double treat of mate-in-three puzzles. Don't let the illusions swindle you. Go for the checkmate and it's all forced.

White to move and mate in three in both the puzzles. Enjoy.

From Alexandra Kosteniuk's
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  • At December 1, 2010 at 11:01 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Nice puzzles. I really like your www.chesskillertips. Do update it more after the WC. All the best.

  • At December 1, 2010 at 11:05 AM , Anonymous Saira Fernando, Madrid said...

    All the best for your WC campaign. Go girl. Go.

  • At December 1, 2010 at 11:08 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    You do your best in Turkey Chess Queen.

  • At December 1, 2010 at 11:12 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Will you be preparing a beauty contest for World Championship like for Russian Superfinal? All the best Chess Queen, I have a feeling you will win the title for the second time if you just focus.

  • At December 1, 2010 at 11:16 AM , Anonymous Sebastian Wolff, New York said...

    You MUST WIN Chess Queen. You WILL.

  • At December 1, 2010 at 11:19 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Welcome to Hatay, Turkey Chess Queen. I am an old fan of yours. I hope Turkey is lucky for you and you successfully defend your title. All the best from my side and all the chess fans here. I will come to the venue to take your autograph.

  • At December 1, 2010 at 11:21 AM , Anonymous Amrit Puri, Knight Chess Academy, New Delhi, India said...


    2010 Women's World Championship Pairing Tree

    1 Kosteniuk, Alexandra
    64 Mezioud, Amina

    32 Turova, Irina
    33 Khukhashvili, Sopiko

    16 Ruan, Lufei
    49 Baginskaite, Camilla

    17 Mkrtchian, Lilit
    48 Zhang, Xiaowen

    8 Cramling, Pia
    57 Yildiz, Betul Cemre

    25 Muzychuk, Mariya
    40 Cori T., Deysi

    9 Harika, Dronavalli
    56 Nadig, Kruttika

    24 Danielian, Elina
    41 Shadrina, Tatiana

    4 Kosintseva, Tatiana
    61 Mona, Khaled

    29 Dembo, Yelena
    36 Munguntuul, Batkhuyag

    13 Chiburdanidze, Maia
    52 Meenakshi Subbaraman

    20 Zhao, Xue
    45 Fierro Baquero, Martha

    5 Dzagnidze, Nana
    60 Kagramanov, Dina

    28 Skripchenko, Almira
    37 Foisor, Cristina-Adela

    12 Cmilyte, Viktorija
    53 Demina, Julia

    21 Paehtz, Elisabeth
    44 Zawadzka, Jolanta


    2 Koneru, Humpy
    63 Greeff, Melissa

    31 Rajlich, Iweta
    34 Houska, Jovanka

    15 Sebag, Marie
    50 Vasilevich, Irina

    18 Zatonskih, Anna
    47 Lomineishvili, Maia

    7 Muzychuk, Anna
    58 Zuriel, Marisa

    26 Shen, Yang
    39 Ovod, Evgenija

    10 Ju, Wenjun
    55 Caoili, Arianne

    23 Pogonina, Natalija
    42 Kovanova, Baira

    3 Hou, Yifan
    62 Heredia Serrano, Carla

    30 Zhukova, Natalia
    35 Romanko, Marina

    14 Socko, Monika
    51 Soumya, Swaminathan

    19 Zhu, Chen
    46 Muminova, Nafisa

    6 Stefanova, Antoaneta
    59 Aliaga Fernandez, Ingrid

    27 Ushenina, Anna
    38 Huang, Qian

    11 Lahno, Kateryna
    54 Ozturk, Kubra

    22 Hoang Thanh Trang
    43 Ding, Yixin

  • At December 1, 2010 at 11:24 AM , Anonymous Andre, Chile said...

    Best of Luck defending your title. I love your blog by the way. Am following your twitter at @chessqueen PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE defend your crown properly.

  • At December 1, 2010 at 11:39 AM , Anonymous Alexis Cochran, Newzealand said...

    For You Chess Queen

    Prayer for Victory
    A Psalm of David.

    JEHOVAH answer thee in the day of trouble;
    The name of the God of Jacob set thee up on high;
    Send thee help from the sanctuary,
    And strengthen thee out of Zion;
    Remember all thy offerings,
    And accept thy burnt sacrifice; [Selah
    Grant thee thy heart’s desire,
    And fulfil all thy counsel.
    We will triumph in thy salvation,
    And in the name of our God we will set up our banners:
    Jehovah fulfil all thy petitions.
    Now know I that Jehovah saveth his anointed;
    He will answer him from his holy heaven
    With the saving strength of his right hand.
    Some trust in chariots, and some in horses;
    But we will make mention of the name of Jehovah our God.
    They are bowed down and fallen;
    But we are risen, and stand upright.
    Save, Jehovah:
    Let the King answer us when we call.

  • At December 1, 2010 at 11:41 AM , Anonymous Jose Fernandes, Madrid said...

    I Wish 4 " U " Alexandra

    I Wish 4 " U "
    Great start 4 Monday
    No Obstacles 4 Tuesday
    No stress 4 Wednesday
    No worry 4 Thursday
    Smile 4 Friday
    Party 4 Saturday
    & Great fun 4 Sunday
    "Have a fantastic World Championship Ahead'

  • At December 1, 2010 at 11:41 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Nice puzzles, will you be posting here during the World Championship?

  • At December 1, 2010 at 11:46 AM , Anonymous Biju Thapa, Kathmandu said...

    Hey Chess Queen all the best defending your title.
    I suggest two things - Visualization and Affirmations. 'See' your objective already in existence. Nothing can withstand the power of a clear, multi-sensory vision of what you are intending. What does it look like? What will people be saying about it? How will you feel? The more detailed and "real" you can make your vision, the more powerful it will be. It will operate like a magnet and draw forth all kinds of things you never thought possible.

    Affirm Your Success. Speak your goal into existence.

  • At December 1, 2010 at 11:48 AM , Anonymous Jason Hu, Beijing said...

    Hey Alexandra my best wishes and sorry I have to support Yifan also so I am hoping for a final of both of you again. Then I will decide whom to support. ha ha. But all the best. While you battle it out I will be shopping at the shop for Christmas. Yippeeee.

  • At December 1, 2010 at 11:48 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    East or West Chess Queen is the Best.

  • At December 1, 2010 at 11:50 AM , Anonymous Kiran Anand, New Delhi said...

    If you lose I will sell the inside story to Wikileaks - because then it would be fraud. It is obvious that you have to win Alexandra. I see a successful defense ahead of your Crown particularly the way to regained your tempo in the end part of the Russian Superfinal.

  • At December 1, 2010 at 11:51 AM , Anonymous S.T. said...

    I support you Alexandra Kosteniuk.

  • At December 1, 2010 at 11:53 AM , Anonymous Jenny K. London said...

    Please follow me also on Twitter @jennychess please. I support you.

  • At December 1, 2010 at 11:55 AM , Anonymous Olga K. Moscow said...

    Have a safe and pleasant flight, enjoy the WC and enjoy the cold there. By the time you read this I hope you have settled into your hotel all set to take on the challenge of defending the title.

  • At December 1, 2010 at 11:58 AM , Anonymous A secret fan said...

    Best of Luck Alexa Girl. GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO.

  • At December 1, 2010 at 12:01 PM , Anonymous Deborah Bunny said...

    I like this tweet of yours. Best of Luck for title hunt. I bet you will win again.

    @chessqueen Happy Birthday, @MagnusCarlsen! 20 is a great age! Many more victories and fascinating games!:)

  • At December 1, 2010 at 12:03 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    It's a knockout Alexandra so don't be too sweet to your opponent. Just kill 'em baby. I love you.

  • At December 1, 2010 at 12:04 PM , Anonymous Olga K. Moscow said...

    Hey you prepared Norwegian salmon on Carlsen's birthday? How cute.

  • At December 1, 2010 at 12:06 PM , Anonymous Caira Chengshun, Hong Kong said...

    i really like this photo of yours at but why did it not be in the vote for russian superfinal beauty contest? Best of luck for winning in Turkey. I will wait for the results every day.

  • At December 1, 2010 at 12:08 PM , Anonymous Nathan Edwards, Maryland said...

    Please give nice commentaries of your games after the Championship at All the best Alexandra.

  • At December 1, 2010 at 12:09 PM , Anonymous G.S. Public Relations said...

    Welcome to Turkey. Best of Luck for your tournament.

  • At December 1, 2010 at 12:10 PM , Anonymous T.N. said...

    Welcome to Turkey. Please take out time to explore our beautiful country and enjoy your chess. We have great travel packages.

  • At December 1, 2010 at 12:17 PM , Anonymous Chess Magazine Black & White said...

    Best of Lucknow from India.

  • At December 2, 2010 at 2:34 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    i support you alexandra
    all the best
    sanjay k

  • At December 2, 2010 at 6:37 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    All the best. Play well.

  • At December 2, 2010 at 6:37 AM , Anonymous Aniruddha Pathan, Nepal said...

    Best of Luck Chess Queen. Hope you win back the crown for the second time.

  • At December 2, 2010 at 7:26 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Congratulations for reaching Hatay in time. All the best for you challenge ahead.

  • At December 3, 2010 at 5:57 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Have a great title campaign Chess Queen. You're the best.


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