Here is the advanced homework. This is only for students 1400 and higher, or students who have been given permission. As your competition gets better, you need to work harder, that way you can keep moving up just as fast.

Set 1

1.Black to play

Kxg4 or Qxg4 and why

2.Black to play

fxe4 or Bxe5 and why?

Hrushi - 17/18

Arjun - 21/24

3.Black to play

Where should black put their queen and why?

4.Black to play

Rcc6 or Rac6 and why?

5.Black to play

Forced mate in 3

7. What is the plan for white to win this endgame?

6. White to play

How does white bring in his pieces with tempo and win here(look for sacrifices)

8. What is the plan or black to win this endgame?

Set 2

1.White to play

Nxc8,Bxf6, or Bxd5 and why?

2.White to play

Nc8 or Ra7 and why?

Arjun - 22/24

3.Black to play

What is white's threat, what should black do?

4.Black to play

Kf8,Ke7,Kd7 or Nxf7 and why?

5.White to play and win, don't let the king get away.

7. What is the plan for black? Should black play Ra6, yes or no and why?

6. White to play

I will be very impressed if anyone gets this right, I didn't :'(

8. What is the plan for white to win?

Set 3

Sanjay - Set 3 - 18/18

1.Black to play

Bxe4, or Nxe4 or something else?

2.White to play

Bxg7 or Nxe4

3.White to play

What is black's threat, what should white do?

(Defend actively)

4.Black to play

If Rxc3 what will white do? What should you do?

5.White to play 

What should white do? Attack patiently

7. White to play and win

6. White to play

Black's king has been quarantined at home too long, help him get some fresh air

8. White to play and win

Set 4

1.Black to play

Rfxf2 Rdxf2

2.Black to play

Qe8 and Qe7

3.Black to play

How does black defend here

(Defend actively)

4.Black to play

How does black defend here?

5.White to play 

This one you need to be very creative for, where is the point of attack?

7. White to play and win

6. White to play

This one you have to be very creative too, week 4 was a good one!

8. White to play and win

Set 5

1.White to play

Bc4 or Bxf6

Ayush - 21/24

2.Black to play

Bxd4+ or Re8

3.Black to play

How does black defend, what do you do after white's move?

(Defend actively)

4.Black to play

How does black defend here? He's trying to checkmate you.

5.White to play 

How do you open up black here?

7. Black to play and win

6. White to play

If you get this right then +4.

8. White to play and win

Set 6

1.White to play

There's a million captures here, which one is the one?

2.White to play

Bxf4, or Qxa8, look at the follow up

3.White to play

Can white's knight stop black's RB1 and RB2(pawns on c3, and d3)?

4.Black to play

How does black defend here? Be creative.

5.White to play 

Finding the first move is easy, the second one is harder

7. Black to play

What is the winning plan for black?

6. White to play

How does white attack here(Be patient).

8. Black to play

What is the winning plan for black?

Set 7

1. Black to play

How does black defend this check, think about what white is going to do after.

2.Black to play

hxg3 or fxg3 once again what is black going to do after

Top Scores

Sanjay - 16/18

3.Black to play

Qxa1,Bxb4, or Qd3+

4.Black to play

Nxe5 or Bxe5 and then how do you finish the attack?

5.White to play 

What's the right move order to attack black?

7. White to play

What is the plan for white to win here?

6. Black to play

Find the winning tactic for black, if you do you beat #50 in the world Andrey Esipenko, if you don't you're like me and you missed it :(

8. Black to play

What is the plan for black to win here?

Set 8

1. White to play

Ne6 or Nd5, which one doesn't work and why?

Top Scores

Sanjay - 16/18

2.White to play

Qxb2 or Bxe5 which one is better and why?

3.Black to play

How does black defend here? The key is the pin and he is going to play Bg5

4.White to play

Focus on what black is going to do after your move. White has a very clever move here

5.Black to play 

Black has a really creative move here

7. White to play

How can white try and draw this?

6. White to play

Morozevich you're so good, find the winning move that he did.

8. White to play

How can white force a draw?

Set 9

1. Black to play

f4 or Rxc5, play good defense for your opponent

Top Scores

Sanjay - 16/18

2.White to play

Nxf3, gxf3, or Qe4 find the correct move order

3.Black to play

 

How does black defend here? Make sure you keep track of everything and go all the way.

4.White to play

How do you defend here? You gotta tie everything together

5.Black to play 

Black to attack, be patient, sometimes you gotta defend before you attack

7. Black to play

How does black defend this position?

Set 10

1. Black to play

Re8 or Qxf2+ which one first and why?

6. White to play

How do you finish off black's king? Black has a creative defense.

8. White to play 

What is the plan for white to try and win this position?

Top Scores

Sanjay - 18/18

2.Black to play

Rxe8, Qxf7 or Qc1+,
the key is what will white do after?

3.Black to play

 

How does black defend after g6? There's a lot of options be creative

4.Black to play

How should black respond to this check? Please take care of your king

5.Black to play 

Black to play, attack with patience

7. White to play?

What is the plan for white to win this endgame?

6. Black to play

Once again, attack with patience. Consider all the moves. 

8. Black to play

How does black try to hold this endgame?

Set 11

Top Scores

Sanjay - 17/18

Arjunius - 16/18

1. Black to play

Rxf5, Nd2+, or Nh2+

2.Black to play

Rc8,Qh6, or f4

3.White to play

White's Rook and Knight are under attack, how does white defend?

4.White to play

What is black's threat? What is black's other threat? How does white defend here with tempo?

5.Black to play 

How does black attack here? It's a sneaky move.

7. White to play

What is the plan for white to win this position?

6. White to play

How does white attack here?

8. White to play

What is the plan for white to win this position?

Set 12

1. Black to play

Qxg1, Qf3+, or Qc4+?

Which one and why, what is going to happen after?

2.Black to play

Re8+, Nxg5, Rxg5? Which one and why, what's going to happen after?

3. Black to play

Qf7, or Qe8 find white's defense and pick which one is better

4.Black to play

How does black defend here? Write down  what white will do after your move. 

5.Black to play 

Find the crushing move for black here.

Set 13

7. White to play

What is the plan for white to win this position

6. White to play

Find the crushing move for white here. 

8. Black to play

What is the plan for black to win this position?

1. White to play

Be3, Bg5, or Bxc6+? What is the best move and the right order

2.Black to play

Rxf2, Bxf2, or Qc5?

3. White to play

What should white play? After you move your queen, what do you do after black plays Qxd4?

4.White to play

There are a lot of threats here. How does white keep all the threats and defend?

5. Black to play

How does black bring all his pieces in and win(with tempo)?

7. Black to play

What is the best move? Can black win this position?

6. White to play

Find the crushing move for white here. 

8. White to play

What should white do? Can white win this position?

Set 14

1. White to play

Qxe7, dxe7, or Qe1

2.White to play 

Qe7, Qd7, or Rb1

3. White to play

What is black's threat here? What should white play?

4.White to play

White is in check, what is the best way to defend. Look at everything else going on in the position to decide. 

5. White to play

This looks like an easy win for white, but there's only one move that wins here.(Remember black doesn't have to take)

7. Black to play

Can black win/survive this position? What should the plan for black be?

6. White to play

Find the crushing move for white here. 

8.White to play

Canwhite win/survive this position? What should the plan for white be?

Set 15

1. Black to play

Nxd5, Nd4, or Qa5+?

2. Black to play

g4, Qe1+, or h4?

3. White to play

How does white defend here? Be creative, more than 1 move for white

4. Black to play

How does black defend in this position? White is trying to checkmate

5. Black to play

Caruana vs. Carlsen

How does black find a strong move that starts a huge attack for black. What are all of white's responses and what would you do?

7. White to play

Can white win this position?

6. White to play

Find the sequence and move order that wins for white.

8. White to play

What should white do next? What is the plan for white to win this endgame?