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Daily Chess Puzzle

Today’s problem is from an old edition of Chess Magazine. I don’t know which one, because, as is my habit, from time to time I photocopy a page to solve on walks or on trains etc; and my copy doesn’t show the magazine date.

As is my custom, I only say which side is to play: and not giving an idea if the move wins or otherwise, unless on occasion I think signposting would be helpful. Instead, the problems are posed with the instruction to decide what you would play, as in a game.

 

White to play

Vachier Lagrave Maxime - Kasparov Garry (41.g4 )

 

MVL v Garry Kasparov, Clichy Blitz 17/9/2011

Solution

In this blitz game, Garry missed 1…h4! and White’s artack is over.

Vachier Lagrave Maxime - Kasparov Garry (41...h4!)

FEN

1r4k1/5p2/1q1p1Qp1/3P2Pp/4P1P1/5P1K/1p6/1R6 b – – 0 41

Daily Chess Puzzle

Today’s problem is from an old edition of Chess Magazine. I don’t know which one, because, as is my habit, from time to time I photocopy a page to solve on walks or on trains etc; and my copy doesn’t show the magazine date.

As is my custom, I only say which side is to play: and not giving an idea if the move wins or otherwise, unless on occasion I think signposting would be helpful. Instead, the problems are posed with the instruction to decide what you would play, as in a game.

 

White to play

Sumets Andrey - Oney Riza (26...hxg6)

Sumets v Oney, Istanbul 12/9/2011

Solution

1 Be6! and Black resigned.

Sumets Andrey - Oney Riza (27.Be6)

There is no sensible defence.

FEN

kr6/p5Rp/2p5/2Pp1P2/P3q3/1nQ1p3/K7/6R1 w – – 0 51

Daily Chess Puzzle

Today’s problem is from an old edition of Chess Magazine. I don’t know which one, because, as is my habit, from time to time I photocopy a page to solve on walks or on trains etc; and my copy doesn’t show the magazine date.

As is my custom, I only say which side is to play: and not giving an idea if the move wins or otherwise, unless on occasion I think signposting would be helpful. Instead, the problems are posed with the instruction to decide what you would play, as in a game.

 

White to play

Wagner Dennis - Aronian Levon (50...Nxb3).jpg

Wagner v Aronian, Douglas IOM 21/10/18

Solution

The one that got away: Whtite playec 1 Ka3 and resigned a couple of moves later.

But 1 R1g4! or 1 R7g4! wins.

Wagner Dennis - Aronian Levon (51.R1g4)

1…Qf5 (say) 2 Rg8 +-.

 

FEN

kr6/p5Rp/2p5/2Pp1P2/P3q3/1nQ1p3/K7/6R1 w – – 0 51

Daily Chess Puzzle

Today’s problem is from the recent Bolton Rapidplay.

As is my custom, I only say which side is to play: and not giving an idea if the move wins or otherwise, unless on occasion I think signposting would be helpful. Instead, the problems are posed with the instruction to decide what you would play, as in a game.

 

Black to play

(i) solve the problem

(ii) what move does Komodo 10 suggest to me is Black’s second best move?

Pos189

P Seery v Paul Macklin, Bolton Rapidplay, 2/12/19

Solution

I was playing on the adjacent board, and saw Paul doing the inexorable KID build up of loading his pieces on the king side and h-file in particular.

Paul, the deserving co-winner (with a potential rising star, Han Yinfen, 12, from Necastle) of the tournament, didn’t of course miss 1…Bh2.

With the nice point of 2 Qh2 or 2 Kh2 both being met by 2…Bg2+ -+

Pos190

The second part of my puzzle is harder: much harder.

1..Bg2+ is clearly Komodo’s first choice; but 1….Ra8?!?! is its second choice. And for some reason 1…Bg2+ is mate in 11, whilst 1…Ra8 is not mate in 12 but mate in 13.

(I’ve played through to see why: in fact, in one of the shortest mating lines, the Ra7 comes into play).

 

FEN

7k/rBp4p/P1Pp3r/3Pp2q/4Pp2/1R3Pbb/4Q2P/2R4K b – – 0 1

Daily Chess Puzzle

Today’s problem is from the November 2019 edition of Chess Magazine. I am posting it because the problem was in the “warm-up puzzles” section. I normally solve all such problems instantly or near-instantly. This one, I just couldn’t solve.

I wonder if my readers think it is easy?

As is my custom, I only say which side is to play: and not giving an idea if the move wins or otherwise, unless on occasion I think signposting would be helpful. Instead, the problems are posed with the instruction to decide what you would play, as in a game.

 

Black to play

Can Emre - Saric Ivan (14.Bd3).jpg

 

Emre Can v Ivan Saric, Konya, Turkey, 20/7/2019

Solution

1…Bd7! 2 Nc5 Bc6! is the trick I missed.

Can Emre - Saric Ivan (15...Bc6)

The Queen is lost.

Was it simple? Well, for one thing, Saric, 2681 missed it. I would say the puzzle wasn’t simple. One of the pains of chess is that once seen, the solution does indeed become simple.

 

FEN

Qnb1k2r/5ppp/pq2p3/1pb1P3/4N3/3B1N2/PP4PP/R1B1K2n b Qk – 0 14

Daily Chess Puzzle

Today’s problem is from a fairly recent Financial Times article by Leonard Barden.

I very rarely look at “mate in x” problems, but something about this position caught my eye.

 

White to play: mate in 4

Pos185

 

composer unknown; problem given in FT, 10/2019

Solution

Mate in 5 is easy- the one I found, thinking it was mate in 4 (i.e., I failed) was 1 Rc7, 2 Rc1 etc).

Mate in 4? Komodo solved it instantly, I failed despite many attempts, including putting the pieces onto the board.

1 Qd8! b6 (or 1…g5) 2 Rd7 g5

 

Pos187

3 Rd2 ed[] 4 Qb6 mate.

Pos188

Very pretty; I wonder how many, if any, of my readers solved it?

 

FEN

8/1p2R3/6p1/1K2p3/4PpNp/4pP1P/4P1B1/3QN1k1 w – – 0 1

Daily Chess Puzzle Chess magazine

Today’s problem is from an old edition of Chess Magazine. I don’t know which one, because, as is my habit, from time to time I photocopy a page to solve on walks or on trains etc; and my copy doesn’t show the magazine date.

As is my custom, I only say which side is to play: and not giving an idea if the move wins or otherwise, unless on occasion I think signposting would be helpful. Instead, the problems are posed with the instruction to decide what you would play, as in a game.

 

Black to play: how does White meet 1…f6 2 dc Rd7?

Horton Jamie A - Reed John (27.exd6)

 

Ja. Horton v J Reed, Chester 20/1/13

Solution

After 1…f6 2 dc Rd7:

Horton Jamie A - Reed John (28...Rd7)

White played the pretty 3 c8(Q) and Black resigned: he loses the exchange after 3…Rc8[] 4 Bf5 for no compensation.

Horton Jamie A - Reed John (31...Rxd7)

 

FEN

3rr1nk/ppp2p2/2nP4/6pp/8/2P1B3/PPB2P1P/2K1R1R1 b – – 0 27