New Training Technique

The solution to last Monday’s problem is that White wins with 1. d3! a2 2. c4+ Kc5 3. Kb7 a1=Q 4. Be7 mate.

Of course, Black can avoid checkmate, but in all other lines he cannot promote his pawn.

This week’s position comes from a new training technique I have been experimenting with.

I have a large collection of mate in 3 or 4 moves on the computer. I select one and look at the position for a maximum of 3 seconds.

I then try to solve them blindfold. I don’t always succeed.

Can you find the mate in 4 for Black that I missed?

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.