The Gazette - August 2020

Sponsored by The Ulverscroft Foundation
Edited by Julie Leonard
The views expressed in the Gazette do not necessarily reflect the policies or views of the BCA, nor those of the editor.

Gray Matter Test

May 2020 Puzzle

I. Gersits, 1930

FEN: 8/3b4/8/3N4/8/1QNkP3/8/4K3

White: King e1, Queen b3, Knights c3 and d5, Pawn e3

Black: king d3, bishop d7

White to play and mate in two.

Solution: 1. Nf6If Kxe3, Ne2. If Ba4, Nxa4.Otherwise, Ncd5. 1. Rg1 Kh5 2. g4#.

August 2020 Puzzle

The website contains many interesting conundrums, ranging from composed mates in a set number of moves to ones that challenge you to find a win from a position in a real game. Here’s an example of the latter sort for you to puzzle over this time.

Glenn Gaasland vs Magnus Carlsen, Norway, 2001

FEN: 2rr2k1/pb3pp1/4q2p/2pn4/2Q1P3/P4P2/1P3BPP/2KR2NR

White: King c1, Queen c4, Rooks d1 and h1, Bishop f2, Knight g1, Pawns a3, b2, e4, f3, g2 and h2

Black: king g8, queen e6, rooks c8 and d8, bishop b7, knight d5, pawns a7, c5, f7, g7 and h6

Black to move and win. The solution will appear in the November gazette.

Graham Lilley