Book Review Endgame Studies Skittles Room Shop

Only Search

Step by Step

Mark Donlan


Translate this page

Inside Chess

Chess Viewer
Play through and download
the games from in the
ChessBase Game Viewer.

Donate Now

Free Shipping

Step by Step: Test

Step by Step: Test is designed to test and improve your chess skills. For best results, set the position up on the board and think for as long as you need without moving the pieces.

In the game Karjakin-Morozevich, Tashkent 2012, Black has just played 52.Rc7+. How should White respond?

White to move

Step by Step: Test
[FEN "8/1pr5/PR6/1P4kp/2K3p1/6P1/8/8 w - - 0 53"]

Karjakin, Sergey (2775) – Morozevich, Alexander (2748)
FIDE GP Tashkent Tashkent UZB (7.6), 29.11.2012
Sicilian Defense [B85]

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nc6 5.Nc3 Qc7 6.Be3 a6 7.Be2 Nf6 8.0–0 Be7 9.f4 d6 10.a4 0–0 11.Kh1 Nxd4 12.Qxd4 Bd7 13.e5 Ne8 14.Bf3 Bc6 15.Qb6 Bxf3 16.Rxf3 Rc8 17.a5 Qc6 18.Na4 f6 19.exd6 Nxd6 20.Qxc6 Rxc6 21.Bc5 Re8 22.Rd1 Ne4 23.Bxe7 Rxe7 24.c3 e5 25.Kg1 exf4 26.Rxf4 g6 27.Rf3 f5 28.Rfd3 Nc5 29.Nxc5 Rxc5 30.Rd5 Rxd5 31.Rxd5 Kf7 32.Rd6 Kg7 33.Kf2 Kh6 34.Kf3 Kh5 35.Rb6 Kg5 36.g3 Rc7 37.h3 Rd7 38.c4 Rd3+ 39.Kf2 Rd7 40.Ke3 Re7+ 41.Kf3 Rc7 42.b3 Kh5 43.Kf4 Rf7 44.Kf3 g5 45.b4 g4+ 46.hxg4+ fxg4+ 47.Ke4 Kg5 48.b5 axb5 49.cxb5 h5 50.a6 Re7+ 51.Kd3 Rd7+ 52.Kc4 Rc7+

Play continued 53.Rc6!! bxc6 54.b6 Rc8 55.b7 Rb8 56.Kc5 h4 57.a7 Rxb7 58.a8Q Rh7 59.Qg8+ Kh6 60.gxh4 Rg7 61.Qh8+ Kg6 62.h5+ Kf7 63.h6 Rg5+ 64.Kd6 g3 65.Qh7+ Kf6 66.Qe7+ Kf5 67.Qxg5+ Kxg5 68.h7 1-0.

© 2012 Mark Donlan. All Rights Reserved.

A PDF file of this week's Step by Step puzzle, along with all previous puzzles, is available in the Archives.

Comment on this puzzle via our official Chess Blog!!

Purchases from our
chess shop help keep freely accessible:

World's Most Instructive Amateur Game Book
World's Most Instructive
Amateur Game Book

by Dan Heisman

Simple Attacking Plans
Simple Attacking Plans
by Fred Wilson

1000x Checkmate
1000x Checkmate
by Lubomir Ftacnik About ChessCafe ChessCafe Archives ChessCafe Links ChessCafe Columnists

[ChessCafe Home Page] [ChessCafe Shop] [ChessCafe Blog]
[Book Review] [Columnists] [Endgame Study] [The Skittles Room]
[ChessCafe Links] [ChessCafe Archives]
[About] [Contact] [Advertising]

© 2013 BrainGamz, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
"®" is a registered trademark of BrainGamz, Inc.