Desperado

Sometimes a lot of pieces are attacked on the board at once. It can then happen that each piece tries to sell its life as dearly as possible. It is going to be taken anyway, so why not grab as much material as you can for it, before it is taken?

Such pieces are known as desperado pieces.

In this week’s problem, White is to play and win by using a desperado piece. What does he play?

The solution to last Monday’s problem is that Black can neutralise White’s centre by playing 1… e5 2. d5 Nc4 3.Rdd1 Nd6 and Black has a superbly placed Knight, blockading the passed pawn.

Steven Carr

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About Steven Carr

I am 57 years old, and I am trying to improve my standard of play. From 1998 to 2012, I had a break from chess, playing very few games in that period. I now play more competitive chess and I currently have a English grading of 184. I hope to get a grading of over 200 one day. I normally play in the Merseyside League and play Board 1 for Wallasey.