Daily Rome Shot 591, etc.



White to move and win material.

NB: I may hold comments with puzzle solutions a little longer than others so there won’t be “spoilers” for others.

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BTW… the ChessUp “smart” chessboard is on sale now for 20% off.

As I write, the Black Friday deal lasts only about 11 more hours.


I have one and I am really enjoying it.

This board has built in AI which will beat you. So, you can use it when you are alone.  However, it will link up with chess.com and lichess.com so you can play other people anywhere in the world, but on a board rather than on your phone or a computer screen.  You can play other people even if they do not have a ChessUp board.

The light indicators on the squares can be set to indicate potential moves.

As I write, the Black Friday deal lasts only about 11 more hours.

I probably should have bought the carrying case.  I’ve been looking for an alternative among my various bags that are close to the right dimensions.


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  1. Kentucky Gent says:

    I went to confession today. What I didn’t confess is that this chess puzzle is dang difficult!

  2. FrankWalshingham says:

    Rook to E5

  3. Rook to E5

    With respect, I don’t think that is a legal move. Maybe f5?

    Here’s my rendering:

    White is down a pawn. Pieces are not well coordinated.
    How do we attack?

    1. Rf5 (sac to obstruct!) exRf5 (if the black queen runs to c7 mate follows)
    2. Qg5 (threatens mate) Kf8 (g6 doesn’t work)
    3. Qxg+ Ke8 (forced)
    4. Nd6!+ (discovery v. Q) Kd7
    5. RxQ KxR
    6. Rxf5

    White emerges from the fray up in material and is just winning.

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