Keep Your King Safe

In one of my recent games, the player of the White pieces neglected the safety of his King.

In the diagrammed position, White has weakened the white squares around his King and he has played f3 in response to Qb7+, opening up the second rank.

This allowed me to launch an attack against his King. What did I play? There is more than one good move, but one move in particular is very troublesome for White.

The solution to last Monday’s problem is that White sacrifices two Queens in one move by playing c8=Q. He can then win by putting one of his Queens on the seventh rank.

Steven Carr


Author: 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.