# Puzzle of the week #245

Level:
2-Knight
Chess Diagram:

`[Event "Puzzle #245"][Date "2014.02.09"][Result "1-0"][SetUp "1"][FEN "5rk1/pp1b2pp/3bp3/3p2q1/3P1N1r/2PB1R1P/PP1Q2P1/5RK1 w - - 0 1"]`

Both sides are ready to battle for victory on the same side of the board. Analyse the position and decide:
a) What are the strong and weak points of each side?
b) Show the best continuation for White to move

Total available points for this puzzle is 20. The answers will be published next week together with puzzle #246.

Puzzle #244 solution:
a) white king is castled behind three pawns and protected by queen on the left. white rook and bishop on row 1 can have a discovered attack on black queen. Black queen is pinning white queen to its king. Black king is castled and protected by two rooks. Black queen is supported by rook on d8. Black bishop on b4 is threatening e1 position.
White shall try to have a discovered attack on black queen to remove the pin. However, it's black to move. Black shall take advantage of queen's pin to win the battle.
b) Solution:

`[Event "Puzzle #244"][Date "2014.02.02"][Result "0-1"][SetUp "1"][FEN "1k1r3r/1pp3p1/p3R3/7p/1b6/8/PP3PPP/R1Bq1QK1 b - - 0 1"]1...Qxf1+ 2.Kxf1 Rd1+ 3.Ke2 Re1+ {Skewer} 4.Kd3 Rxe6 {Black wins the rook and has more material than white}`

Correct solutions:
Benjamin - 20 points
Coco, Bradley, Ken - 18 points
Hyson, Anya, Jeffrey - 16 points
Brandon, Oliver, Toro, Jalen - 14 points
Mrinal - 12 points
Illya - 8 points
Aaron - 6 points

Coco - 28 points for puzzle #243

Standings:
Coco - 91 points
Anya - 70 points
Benjamin - 67 points
Jalen - 63 points
Ken - 60 points
Hyson - 53 points
Brandon, Oliver - 49 points
Toro - 46 points
Jeffrey - 31 points
Illya - 25 points
Cody - 22 points
Aaron, Mrinal - 21 points
Eric - 12 points
Dheera - 10 points

Comment:

Discovered attack