Chess players are very lucky to be living in an age where the number of superb books, DVDs and excellent YouTube videos, showing chess calculation, has never been better.

Our puzzle today is very difficult, I originally saw the position during a video presented by the world renowned coach GM Jacob Aagaard.

Can you find the move that forces a winning attack?

White to Move

The beauty of chess as a spectator sport is that you don’t have to watch the top players to see exciting games. Chess at any level, between closely matched opponents will often produce thrilling games.

Our game this week is from the recent Rainham Club Championship and sees a very sharp battle arising from the popular Caro Kann

Please just enjoy the game, or even try to guess some of the moves.

 White:  AlistairC       Black:  Journey2FM

White to Move

I hope that you all found the exciting move Qc7, with many threats including Qe7 mate and Qxf4

  1. Qc7   Bxc7 (…Bxh6 2. Qe5 mate)  2. g5 Mate

There have been many exciting games this week, in the Thanet League of course and in the FTX Crypto Cup, with the usual suspects, including Carlsen and Nepo. However our game of choice is from the FIDE Women’s Grand Prix taking place in Gibraltar.

The event has already seen some exciting games, and as I write this the joint leaders are Zhansaya Abdumalik and Mariya Muzychuk. My chosen game is the battle between Mariya’s sister Anna and Alina Kashlinskaya

Please enjoy another fighting game.

 White:  Kashlinskaya, Alina       Black:  Muzychuk, Anna

Gibraltar FIDE Women’s Grand Prix

Our position today shows White in a very attacking position, having driven the enemy King into the open.

Can you find the move that forces a winning combination

White to Move