Bringing Chess to Visually Impaired People

The Gazette - May 2021

Edited by Julie Leonard
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Gray Matter Test

These puzzles are selected by Graham Lilley from the website http://www.wtharvey.com, which contains many puzzles that challenge you to find a win from a position in a real game.

February 2021 Puzzle

Magnus Carlsen vs Gustav Gulbrandsen, Norway, 2002

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White: King g1, Queen e3, Rooks c1 and f1, Bishop d3, Knight g5, Pawns a2, b2, e5, f2, g2 and h2

Black: king e8, queen e7, rooks a8 and h8, bishop c8, knight d7, pawns a7, b7, d5, e6, f7, g7 and h6

White to move and win.

Solution: Qxa7 If … Rxa7 Rxc8+ Qd8 Rxd8+ & Nxf7+ Or if … Rb8 Qxb8 Nxb8 Rxc8+ & Rxh8

May 2021 Puzzle

Magnus Carlsen vs Per Manne, Bergen, 2002

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White: King g1, Rooks d1 and f1, Bishop d4, Knight e3, Pawns a4, b3, f2, g3 and h2

Black: king g8, rooks c6 and e2, knights d7 and f6, pawns a6, b6, f7, g7 and h7

White to move and win. The solution will appear in the August gazette.