Best puzzle compositions!

Check out the best composed puzzles from legendary chess composers including Kasparyan, Pal Benko and Troitsky. Chess compositions are often considered as an art of the game. They don’t occur in regular games but are created to specifically force you to put on your creative thinking hat. They make you think in unconventional ways. Composing a puzzle is not easy though. Not only does the composer have to design a mating net, they also have to make the process beautiful.

Chess Game Attack Vs Defense
In Chess Game, Attack vs Defense: Interesting Scenarios to Use One of Them

Chess is a rich game that cannot be confined to a specific set of answers. So the best strategy is to use a mixture of attack and defensive moves as you saw in the examples above. The side which persists with one strategy will usually be punished, be it attacking relentlessly or defending passively. But if you were to lean towards one, go for the attacking strategy! It doesn’t mean you ignore defense, but you can give a slight preference to aggressive actions (like say 60-40). Read on to know why.

Sacrifice or Trade - How to handle your game
Trades, Sacrifices – How to handle your chess game?

Would you give away Rs. 10 for a Re. 1 coin? Obviously no right? But what if you do research and realize that if you buy the Re. 1 coin today, the coin will be worth Rs. 100 in the next 3 months in the market? All you have to do is pay Rs.10 right now for the coin. Most likely, you’ll buy it, depending on how good your research is! That’s exactly what sacrifice is in chess. It’s a form of investment. You give up something right now, with the intention to get a return in the future.

Making a sacrifice requires some degree of understanding and tactical ability. You must be sharp in your calculations and be able to soundly evaluate the resulting position beforehand. External factors like risk-taking skills, courageousness, and confidence are also important. After all, you are giving up your piece so you must trust your decision! Also, sacrifices need to have an intention behind them. If not, then you can call them blunders(or bad investments!). Sacrifices are usually decisive in nature. Unlike trades where the material is balanced after exchanging pieces, sacrifices are usually done for two purposes – to get a better position or to get out of a bad position.