## Today's (And Yesterday's) Daily Puzzle 8-6-20: Clearing, Decoying, and Smothering. All In One Move!

candido1
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1 hr ago

What a puzzle today! Both sides' kings seem to be relatively in danger. White has a powerful rook duo on the 7th rank but can't black provide his own pressure on the light squares against white's king? Don't forget white's bishop is currently hang...

## Today's Daily Puzzle 8/4/20: Forest First. Trees Second.

candido1
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2 days ago

I couldn't help but think as I was spending a few minutes calculating different lines that Hikaru probably found the correct solution to this position in his game in a nano-second; it's a humble reminder that there's always more to improve on in c...

## Today's Daily Puzzle 8/3/20: "Forking" A Bishop and Checkmate

candido1
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3 days ago

We all learn the below checkmating pattern extremely early in our chess career:   Obviously a very important mate to know which comes up quite often in endgames. Now, if we know this checkmate pattern, we should also be aware when that ...

## Today's Daily Puzzle 7/30/20: Forks Can Be Deceiving

candido1
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7 days ago

Wait. Isn't this Thursday? Isn't the daily puzzle solution supposed to be tougher than this so late in the week than the solution being a simple fork? What's wrong with Ne5? Am I missing something? I guess white could go Qh4. But couldn't I just t...

## Today's Daily Puzzle 7/29/20: Playing Games Solidifies What You Study

candido1
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8 days ago

I remember the first time I was shown this classic smothered mate where the knight and queen coordinate together. It was back in college when I started getting serious about chess. A friend of mine (about 1900 at the time, I was about 1100) showed...

## Today's (And Saturday's) Daily Puzzle 7/27/20: Unstoppable Fork

candido1
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10 days ago

Today's daily puzzle reinforces that you should always calculate forcing moves first. We can see that black's knight could leap in to g5 forking the king and queen but can't white simply take? Turns out it's not that easy:   A fairly si...

## Today's Daily Puzzle 7/24/20: Pawns Break Pins

candido1
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13 days ago

Happy Friday everyone! Today's puzzle seems to have a juicy fork that you can dive right into with Ne4, but not quite! I noticed quite a few questions in the comment section on why you can't play Ne4 right away. Unfortunately your knight is pinned...

## Today's Daily Puzzle: 7/21/20: Even Grandmasters Miss Tactics

candido1
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16 days ago

Happy Tuesday everyone! Today's daily puzzle is coming straight out of a recent game between Magnus Carlsen and Pentala Harikrishna where Harikrishna had a very easy (for GM standards) tactic to take the game! Believe it or not, the tactic was mis...

## (Bonus Puzzle Inside!) Today's Daily Puzzle: Double Check Forcing Moves

candido1
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17 days ago

Happy Monday everyone! We start out the week nice and easy. In today's puzzle notice that white has threats to open up the h-file and also deliver a double-check on e7. But move order matters. Always be on the look out for the move order that...

## Today's Daily Puzzle 7/19/20: Don't Give Up

candido1
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17 days ago

Today's daily puzzle at first glance seems pretty cut and dry: black's knight is being threatened and is pinned against his queen. So it's bye-bye knight right? Nope! Don't ever assume that pieces that seem to be lost at first glance are really lo...

## Today's Daily Puzzle 7/18/20: Stairstep To Victory

candido1
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18 days ago

Hi puzzlers! Before I jump into this complicated Saturday puzzle I first want to give a BIG shout-out to the chess.com staff for awarding me the title of Top Blogger! I'm thrilled to have this title and want to thank everyone who's been reading me...

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