Pandolfini's Chess Challenges #3

Pandolfini's Chess Challenges #3

May 5, 2015, 9:02 AM |

The following exercises are for the students of KLA Chess Club, of Keiller Leadership Academy, a title I  K-8 charter public school located in San Diego, CA. Chess is offered as an everyday class for middle school students and as an after school club for primary students.


We will be practicing some basic end game positions. By practicing the endgame, this will help:

1. Your overall chess knowledge and realize that the King isn't useless afterall.

2. Help develop a plan during your opening and middle game; If you are up material, it is often a good strategy to keep trading off pieces  till eventually you can promote a pawn for an easy win.

The following puzzles are based upon Bruce Pandolfini's book, "Pandolfini's Chess Challenges". 

For each problem, provide a rationale (reason) why you decided to make the initial move.

1. White to move

2. (Black to move)
3. White to move
4. (Black to Move)