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Daily Chess Puzzle

Today’s problem is from the 1972 book “Chess Combination as a Fine Art”, a book based on articles published in the 1950s-1960s by Kurt Richter.

Since the start of 2018, I have decided to adopt the style of only saying 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

Pos11

Sisigin v Camzirajem, Kizila 1960

Solution

1 Nd5 Bd5 (1…Bf6 2 Qh2 Qh8[] 3 Nf6 and 4 Qh6+) 2 f6+!

Pos12

A key zwischenschach: White prevents the closing of the diagonal b1-h7.

2…Bf6[] 3 ed[] Qd7 4 Rh6!

Pos13

and if the Rh6 is captured, 5 Qh2+ 6 Qh7+ picks up the queen.

However, all this shows is that 3…Qd7?? is a blunder: 3…Qe7! and the game goes on. 4 Qf5 e4! 5 Be4 Re8 6 Qg6+ Kf8 7 Qh6+ Qg7 8 Bf3 say, and Black is for choice. So the problem is cooked.

 

FEN

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Daily Chess Puzzle

Today’s puzzle is a change from the normal, inspired by a tweet by Olimpiu Orcan-see my posting of 7th February 2018.
On an occasional basis I will post a challenge to see if reader’s can spot the games which had particular moves.
 
Puzzle
 
Which famous game had 1…a6  in it?
Solution
Karpov Anatoly - Miles Anthony John (1...a6!)
Karpov v Miles, 20/1/1980
I remember the sheer cheek of it; the feeling of amazement at how Tony had played.

Daily Chess Puzzle

On an occasional basis I will post a challenge to see if reader’s can spot the games which had particular moves.
 
Puzzle
 
Which famous game had  8 Ne6!  in it?
Solution
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Game 6 of the rematch Kasparov v Deep Blue, which Garry lost. Garry, playing Black, had just played 7…h6; Garry resigned on move 19.

Daily Chess Puzzle

 

Today’s puzzle is a change from the normal, inspired by a tweet by Olimpiu Orcan-see my posting of 7th February 2018.
On an occasional basis I will post a challenge to see if reader’s can spot the games which had particular moves.
 
Puzzle
 
Which famous game had  50 Qh6+!! 1-0    in it?
Hint
It won the world title
Solution
Carlsen Magnus - Karjakin Sergey (50.Qh6+!!)
Carlsen v Karjakin 30/11/2016

Daily Chess Puzzle

Today’s puzzle is a change from the normal, inspired by a tweet by Olimpiu Orcan-see my posting of 7th February 2018.
On an occasional basis I will post a challenge to see if reader’s can spot the games which had particular moves.
 
Puzzle
 
Which famous game had   21 Qg7!!   in it?
Solution
Ivanchuk Vassily - Shirov Alexei (21.Qg7!!)
Ivanchuk v Shirov, Wijk aan Zee 16/1/1996

Daily Chess Puzzle

Today’s puzzle is a change from the normal, inspired by a tweet by Olimpiu Orcan-see my posting of 7th February 2018.
On an occasional basis I will post a challenge to see if reader’s can spot the games which had particular moves.
 
Puzzle
 
Which famous game had  24 Rd4!!    in it?
Solution
Kasparov Garry - Topalov Veselin (24.Rxd4!)
Kasparov v Topalov, Wijk aan Zee 20/1/1999

Daily Chess Puzzle

Today’s puzzle is a change from the normal, inspired by a tweet by Olimpiu Orcan-see my posting of 7th February 2018.
On an occasional basis I will post a challenge to see if reader’s can spot the games which had particular moves.
 
Puzzle
 
Which famous game had   47…Bh3!!    in it?
Solution
I remember British Chess Magazine deciding that this move was the most amazing move of all time, and even having the position on its envelope at the time. And I also remember being flabbergasted by the move, and not fully understanding why it worked.
Topalov Veselin - Shirov Alexei (47...Bh3!!)
Topalov v Shirov, 4 March 1998