UIL Puzzle

Force Hierarchy

• List all the moves to put Black into check. (There will be four.)
• Next to each move, list the number of possible responses Black will have to get out of check (you don’t have to list the actual moves!)
• The list order does not matter.

Clearance: Just as is sounds…you are clearing either a square or line by either moving your own piece or FORCING the opponent to move theirs.

Practice Test: #5 – White to move

1.Qxa6+ Forcing the clearance of the b-pawn from the 7th rank. 1…bxa6 2. Nb5+ double check 2…Ka8 3.Ra7#

White to move – Mate in 2

Luring: Pushing the King or key defender to another square by FORCE. It will either lure the piece to a place that constricts its power or a square more controlled by your piece.

Practice Test: #2 – White to move

Classic luring with a pattern called Smother Mate. By forcing the Rook over, the King will be smothered by his own pieces and vulnerable to a Knight mate. 1.Qxg8+ Rxg8 2.Nef7+(or Ngf7+) Qxf7 3.Nxf7#

White to move – Mate in 2

These methods are only effective when you look at ALL POSSIBLE CHECKS

1. Write the first move of the checkmating sequence
2. Write ‘C‘ for Clearance or ‘L‘ for Luring

(1) White to move – Mate in 2

(2) White to move – Mate in 3

(3) White to move – Mate in 3

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Practice Test 10.29.18

How can White checkmate Black in one move?
a) Nd7
b) Nxh7
c) Qxe7
d) Bh6

With best play, what should the outcome of this game be?
a) The game is drawn by perpetual check.
b) White checkmates Black.
c) Black draws with a surprise stalemate
d) White wins both of Black’s Rooks.

If Black can checkmate White in two moves, what is Black’s second move?
a) Nf3
b) Qxh3
c) Rxg3
d) Ng4

#4 White to move

If White can checkmate Black in three moves, what is White’s first move?
a) Kg3
b) Kg2
c) Qh7
d) Both a) and b) are correct.

#5

If White can checkmate Black in three moves, what is White’s first move?
a) Qxa6
b) Nb5
c) Qa3
d) White cannot checkmate Black in three moves.

#6

If White can checkmate Black in two moves, what is White’s first move?
a) Rxe8
b) Qf8
c) Qe5
d) White cannot checkmate Black in two moves.

#7

With best play, what should the outcome of this game be?
a) Black will be checkmated.
b) White will have a material advantage.
c) Black will have a material advantage.
d) Both sides will have equal material.

#8

With best play, what should the outcome of this game be?
a) White will checkmate Black.
b) White will stalemate Black.
c) Black will checkmate White.
d) Black will stalemate White.

#9

If White can checkmate Black in two moves, what is White’s second move?
a) Qh5
b) Bg6
c) Rg4
d) White cannot checkmate Black in two moves.

#10

In the above position, which side has the material advantage?
a) White
b) Black
c) It’s even.
d) It depends on which side it is to move.

#11

Black just played d7-d5. Which of the following pawn moves are possible?
a) e5xd6
b) d4xc5
c) e6
d) All of the above.

#12

With best play, how many moves does White need to checkmate Black?
a) 3
b) 4
c) 5
d) 6

#13

If White can checkmate Black in three moves, what is White’s third move?
a) Qf8
b) Ng7
c) Qh8
d) White cannot checkmate Black in three moves.

12.11.17 PUZZLE SOLVING

UIL Forcing moves CHECKS 9.25.17

Facts of the Case
1. Force-Play out, starting with checks!
2. Multiple Choice-Go through all answer choices.
3. KnowledgeRules and legality.

 

#1 Black to move


In the position above, which of these best described the situation?
a) Black is in checkmate.
b) Black is in stalemate.
c) Black is in check.
d) None of the above.

Fact:       Forcing       Multiple Choice       Knowledge

 

#2 Black to Move


In the position above, which of these best described the situation?
a) Black is in checkmate.
b) Black is in stalemate.
c) Black is in check.
d) None of the above.

Fact:       Forcing       Multiple Choice       Knowledge

 

#3 Black to Move


In the position above, which of these best described the situation?
a) Black is in checkmate.
b) Black is in stalemate.
c) Black is in check.
d) None of the above.

Fact:       Forcing       Multiple Choice       Knowledge

 

#9 White to move


Which moves are possible for White?
a) 0-0
b) 0-0-0
c) Kf2
d) None of the above

Fact:       Forcing       Multiple Choice       Knowledge

 

#10 White to move


What is the best move for White?
a) Rxb3
b) Rh6
c) Ke3
d) Rh5

Fact:       Forcing       Multiple Choice       Knowledge

 

#17 White to move


If White can checkmate Black in two moves, what is White’s first move?
a) Nb6
b) Nxd6
c) Rxa6
d) Rxb7

Fact:       Forcing       Multiple Choice       Knowledge

 

#20 White to move


White can checkmate Black in three moves. What is White’s final move?
a) Nb6
b) Rc7
c) Qc8
d) Nd7

Fact:       Forcing       Multiple Choice       Knowledge

 

T5. White to move


With best play, what should the outcome of this game be?
a) The game is drawn by perpetual check.
b) White checkmates Black.
c) Black eventually wins due to his material advantage.
d) White wins both of Black’s Rooks.

Fact:       Forcing       Multiple Choice       Knowledge