8/8/8/8/8/pppp4/8/1Q6

Queen vs. Pawns

White to move and stop the black pawns

3 moves left...[Need a hint?]

- Spoiler:
- Hint 1: Create a zugzwang position for black

Hint 2: Calculate all of black's replies

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8/8/8/8/8/pppp4/8/1Q6

Queen vs. Pawns

White to move and stop the black pawns

3 moves left...[Need a hint?]

- Spoiler:
- Hint 1: Create a zugzwang position for black

Hint 2: Calculate all of black's replies

1K1R3R/NBPbB1PP/4p1Q1/q4P2/1PnP4/5n2/2p2ppp/2b1rk2

From Formanek - Oshana, 1970

Black to move and win.

3 moves left...[Need a hint?]

- Spoiler:
- Hint 1: Can you put even more pressure on white's king?

Hint 2: Open lines!

RK1R4/P1P3P1/b1Q4P/1P6/4r3/2p2q2/p1p4p/8

Back-rank troubles

Black to move and win.

2 moves left...[Need a hint?]

- Spoiler:
- Hint 1: Black can force checkmate.

Hint 2: Black wins with a tricky rook invasion.

RNBKQ2R/PPP2PPP/1p6/4P3/3B4/5p2/1ppp2pp/r1bkqbnr

Caro-Kann Trap

Black to move and win.

4 moves left...[Need a hint?]

- Spoiler:
- Hint 1: Start with action on the h2-square.

Hint 2: Then, you're going to use a tricky queen check to eliminate the bishop on e5.

2r5/1R5p/5pnk/6p1/qp1PP3/6PP/1P2Q1BK/8

Hartvig - Edvardsen, 2003

White to move and win.

2 moves left...[Need a hint?]

- Spoiler:
- Hint 1: Attack!

Hint 2: Sort of like a back-rank mate, rotated.

r1bqk2r/pp1nbppp/2pp3n/4p1N1/P1BPP3/8/1PP2PPP/RNBQK2R

Quick Attack

White to move and win.

7 moves left...[Need a hint?]

- Spoiler:
- Hint 1: Does Bxf7+ still work?

Hint 2: White needs to use knight fork threats to trap black's queen.

1K1Q2NR/PPP2PP1/6p1/4p3/3R2PB/2n5/pppbb3/r2kq2r

Stunning!

Black to move and win

3 moves left...[Need a hint?]

- Spoiler:
- Hint 1: Try to find a reply to white's threats that seizes the initiative

Hint 2: The first move is a shocker

1R6/K1PR3Q/PPq2P1P/n1BP4/5p2/8/ppp3p1/1kr1r3

Rodriguez - Olafsson, 1978

Black to move and win.

4 moves left...[Need a hint?]

- Spoiler:
- Hint 1: Black only needs a knight and rook to checkmate.

Hint 2: Get the knight to f3.

7R/PPK4P/5P2/8/4RpQ1/1B6/pppq4/1k1r3r

Long Checkmate

Black to move and win.

12 moves left...[Need a hint?]

- Spoiler:
- Hint 1: Start with a surprising sacrifice.

Hint 2: The solution is the fastest checkmate.

7r/1PP3N1/2B2K2/pP6/2p5/2k2p2/8/8

The Active Rook

Black to move and win.

2 moves left...[Need a hint?]

- Spoiler:
- Hint 1: Find a way to make the h-pawn into a threat.

Hint 2: Black can give up the rook after a powerful skewer.

4rnk1/2qn2p1/p3b2p/1pp1N3/2P5/4P1Q1/PB4PP/1B3RK1

Keres-Spassky, 1955

White to move and win

4 moves left...[Need a hint?]

- Spoiler:
- Hint 1: Break down the black king's defenses

Hint 2: Use discovered checks

1k1r1r2/R2p1p2/2p1p3/4P1b1/2P5/P2qBQP1/5P2/2R5

Stefanov - Kirov, 1981

White to move and win.

4 moves left...[Need a hint?]

- Spoiler:
- Hint 1: White has a surprising discovered attack.

Hint 2: Don't worry about your queen, maneuver the e3 bishop into the battle.

5r2/ppR2Nbk/1n3qp1/1b5p/8/1B6/P2Q1PPP/3R2K1

Sharp finish

White to move and win.

3 moves left...[Need a hint?]

- Spoiler:
- Hint 1: Prepare a discovered check.

Hint 2: Offer your queen.

8/1KP2q2/PP2r2P/6B1/p5N1/1p6/k1p5/3Qb3

Speelman - Peng Xiaomin, 1996

Black to move and win.

5 moves left...[Need a hint?]

- Spoiler:
- Hint 1: The first move is a real shocker that breaks down white's defenses.

Hint 2: Follow it up with another sacrifice!

8/3pp2p/8/1kPP4/5P2/8/1K6/8

Study by Fontana, 1943

White to move and win.

6 moves left...[Need a hint?]

- Spoiler:
- Hint 1: Look for a winning breakthrough

Hint 2: Sacrifice some pawns!

2N4k/7p/5N2/8/2B2K2/6P1/8/8

Tricky Mate

White to move and win

5 moves left...[Need a hint?]

- Spoiler:
- Hint 1: Keep the knights active

Hint 2: Mate with the bishop

2r5/1r6/4pNpk/3pP1qp/8/2P1QP2/5PK1/R7

Engert - Nuss, 1934

White to move and win.

3 moves left...[Need a hint?]

- Spoiler:
- Hint 1: You're in check!

Hint 2: Exploit the pinned queen.

8/8/p1Rpk3/1p1r3p/4KP2/1P6/P5PP/8

Gdanski - Dziuba, 2008

White to move and win.

3 moves left...[Need a hint?]

- Spoiler:
- Hint 1: White can liquidate into a winning king and pawn endgame.

Hint 2: Temporarily sacrifice a pawn to force a trade of rooks.

1r1q1b1r/2p1k2p/p4p1n/4p1pQ/1p2N1b1/1P1PP1P1/PB3PBP/R4RK1

Save your queen

White to move and minimize losses

4 moves left...[Need a hint?]

- Spoiler:
- Hint 1: Notice the position of black's king and queen.

Hint 2: Use your dark squared bishop

[fen]K1Q4R/1Pq3P1/Pp6/5P1P/8/3p4/1pp3pp/r4k2[/fen]

Quick Win

Black to move and win.

2 moves left...[Need a hint?]

Quick Win

Black to move and win.

2 moves left...[Need a hint?]

- Spoiler:
- Hint 1: Black has mate in two.

Hint 2: Both moves are checks.

[fen]K7/8/Pp6/kp6/1n6/1P6/8/B7[/fen]

Fritz, 1951

White to move and win.

5 moves left...[Need a hint?]

Fritz, 1951

White to move and win.

5 moves left...[Need a hint?]

- Spoiler:
- Hint 1: The immediate Bc3 fails. Do you see why?

Hint 2: White has a surprising checkmate.

[fen]8/5p2/3pp1k1/3P2bR/4P1P1/3K4/8/8[/fen]

Aseev - de Vreugt, 2001

White to move and win.

8 moves left...[Need a hint?]

Aseev - de Vreugt, 2001

White to move and win.

8 moves left...[Need a hint?]

- Spoiler:
- Hint 1: White can simplify into a winning king and pawn ending.

Hint 2: Now find a winning pawn breakthrough.

[fen]rnb1rqk1/pp3ppp/1n6/2p1pN2/2PPP3/2PB4/P4QPP/R1B2RK1[/fen]

Hoi - Nielsen, 1989

White to move and win.

4 moves left...[Need a hint?]

Hoi - Nielsen, 1989

White to move and win.

4 moves left...[Need a hint?]

- Spoiler:
- Hint 1: Open lines!

Hint 2: Lure the black queen away from f7.

[fen]1r3r1k/2pbq1n1/p3p1nN/1p1P4/2P5/3BP2R/6PP/B4RK1[/fen]

Into the Enemy Castle

White to move and win.

3 moves left...[Need a hint?]

Into the Enemy Castle

White to move and win.

3 moves left...[Need a hint?]

- Spoiler:
- Hint 1: White has mate in three.

Hint 2: Bishop and knight work together to deliver mate.

[fen]K3R3/2P4P/3P2P1/P2B2Q1/8/r4b2/kr4pp/2R2q2[/fen]

Silich - Pokhlin, 1929

Black to move and win.

2 moves left...[Need a hint?]

Silich - Pokhlin, 1929

Black to move and win.

2 moves left...[Need a hint?]

- Spoiler:
- Hint 1: Meet white's check.

Hint 2: Create mate threats.

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