18283 Players currently online!
Man vs. Machine - good luck!
Turn-based games at any time!
Vote for the best move to win!
Do you have what it takes?
Sharpen your tactical vision!
Get advice and game insights!
Learn from top players & pros!
View millions of master games!
Your virtual chess coach!
Perfect your opening moves!
Test your skills vs. computer!
Find the right private coach!
Can you solve it each day?
Bring it all together!
Beginners, start here!
Make friends & play team games!
News from the world of chess!
Search all Chess.com members!
Find local clubs & events!
Who's the best of your friends?
Read what members are saying!
THANK YOU!!!!! My mystery is solved.
No problem, I enjoy an opportunity to solve or create a chess puzzle!
How about this one?
Just saw all the replies to my puzzle. Thanks, guys. jivvi, your puzzle is nice too. In your puzzle, I guess white must offer his Bishop for a chance to win. Although, black is not forced to except this sacrifice. Definitely interesting!
Looking at it now, in fact, I think your puzzle is not a forced win, is it?
No, but White must sacrifice the bishop to keep the game going. The only move which keeps the bishop defended is Kf6, which is stalemate.
White can force the capture though:
Only one line is a forced win for White; Bg8 and Black refusing the sacrifice. Anything else draws.
(Black to move)
I can't think of an example of the type of situation you're talking about, but here's an example of a situation when one side has enough material to force checkmate but cannot avoid either stalemating the opponent or drawing by insufficient material.
Here's what could happen if White isn't paying attention:
In the actual game, Black was under time pressure and captured the rook on the second move.
Chess rating system
by Viviplex 3 minutes ago
Bobby Fischer Lacked Creativity ?....How Dare Me !
by The_Ghostess_Lola 3 minutes ago
7/1/2015 - Mate in 3
by Twobit 5 minutes ago
Best excuse for losing
by sanjay2000 5 minutes ago
WHY DO YOU PLAY CHESS ?
by kstorn 6 minutes ago
chess.com,should get hep to chivalry & stop the winner challenging the loser
by wanmokewan 7 minutes ago
Positional White openings
by pfren 8 minutes ago
Power goes down when my next move would be checkmate.
by iblunderedmyqueen 10 minutes ago
who is the best chess player of all time?
by SmyslovFan 22 minutes ago
Chess Club Rules
by PATILNN 23 minutes ago
Why Join | Chess Topics |
Help & Support |
© 2015 Chess.com
• Chess - English
We are working hard to make Chess.com available in over 70 languages. Check back over the year as we develop the technology to add more, and we will try our best to notify you when your language is ready for translating!