Monday, June 14, 2010

Surprising Knight Move

Newark Star-Ledger chess columnist Peter Tamburro [pictured standing, to the left of Rich Napoli who is seated] paid a visit yesterday to the Dean of Chess Academy where he showed this problem to the players, in between rounds of the DOCA 2010 June Grand Prix.

It looks like a straightforward win for White after 1.Re2 Qg8 2.Nf6 Qg1 3.Re8+ Kg7 4.Rg8+, but unfortunately 4...Kh6 5.Rxg1 is stalemate.

The problem had us stumped until Rich Napoli found the surprising knight move 2.Ng7!! which wins.