A series of calculation exercises.
The “Torture Puzzle” series is designed to discuss different puzzles which I have encountered on chesstempo.com and found more difficult than others. Difficult puzzles make for good calculation and visualization exercises!
First, the position is given without any analysis. NB! The reader should then stop and try to solve the puzzle. Afterwards the analysis is presented. Good luck with the puzzle!
This puzzle was rated 2000 Standard on chesstempo.com. I found it highly enjoyable, but devilishly difficult. It had this real game feel to it, so I thought I would share it. I consider puzzles which have a more ambiguous solution to be good training for slow (OTB) chess.
White to move and win!
Do not continue any further if you don’t want to see the solution yet! I will provide a random chess-related picture as a buffer.
Here is the great Bent Larsen, the man, who’s name sounds like a medical condition.
Analysis on an interactive chessboard:
Hope you enjoyed!