Blog Post #55: Hello, Friends!

Dear Readers,

Four weeks ago, I had the great pleasure of meeting up with many friends to share a fun Friday evening of chess together. Within the coming week, I intend to publish a fuller article in which I will feature some favourite puzzles from the chess evening I had at the start of this month. Tonight, though, I am working on Maths at home for a friend whom I will be helping tomorrow, but now shortly before midnight signals the end of a very busy month of May, I just wanted to pause to quickly yet warmly say, “Hello, friends! I’ll be back soon!”

Here’s wishing everyone a lovely weekend now, and chess enthusiasts may enjoy a quick snack puzzle in which it is Black to play and force checkmate in 5 moves.

Paul xxx


1…Qxg2+ 2 Ke1 Qg1+ 3 Bf1 Qg3+ 4 Ke2 Qf2+ 5 Kd3 Ne5# !

Author: Paul A. Motwani

My name is Paul Motwani, but my colleagues, my students and their parents mostly call me "Mr. Mo"! My middle initial, A, stands for Anthony, because I was born on the official feast day of St. Anthony of Padua, the patron saint of miracles and of lost souls. I love teaching Mathematics and Chess, and giving fun-packed talks and shows in schools and clubs. The popular ingredients of Math, Chess, Mystery and Magic are my "Fantastic Four", and I give prizes too! I am an International Chess Grandmaster, and (loooooong ago!) I was the World Under-17 Champion. I am the author of five published chess books and hundreds of newspaper articles. I live with my wonderful wife and son in Belgium. I also love music, movies and puzzles. I blog at My e-mail address is You can find me on Facebook, too.

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