The Gazette - August 2020
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Edited by Julie Leonard
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Gray Matter Test
May 2020 Puzzle
I. Gersits, 1930
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 http://www.wtharvey.com 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
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.