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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.

Black to play

Volvo v Sherwin, USA 1964

Solution

Not a great puzzle today, since 1…a5 2 Qc5 Rd2 is winning, but ‘clearly’ the book included the game because of 1…Qh4! which is very ‘spectacular’. After White’s best 1 Qa3 (White played weaker in the game) Black plays 1…Rf2 and is much better, winning, but not immediately.

White is tied down and Black’s passed pawns roll.

FEN

8/1pp1kp1p/p2r1p1q/4pb2/1Q6/8/PPP3rP/1K1RNR2 b – – 0 1

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Daily chess puzzle

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, played 1 Qc5; examine

Castagna v Marcus, Berne 1965

Solution

1Qc5? is a mistake since 1…g5! diverts the Bishop, breaking its pin of the d6 pawn. In the game White played 2 Re8 met with 2…Qb1+ after which White resigned.

FEN

1q2nrk1/5pbp/3p2p1/p1pP4/2Q2B2/2P3P1/P4PBP/4R1K1 w – – 0 1

Daily Chess Puzzle

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.

Black to play: played 1…Re8. Analyse

Böök v Koponen Helsinki 1961

Solution

Black’s position is lost anyway, but 1…Re8 is met by 2 ef! and after 2…Qe2 3 f7+ Kf8 4 Bg7+! wraps the game up.

FEN

1br3k1/1R4pp/pp2qn2/4P3/P7/1P4P1/1B2Q2P/1B4K1 b – – 0 1

Daily Chess Puzzle

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.

Black to play

Kleist v Wilke Saarbrücken 1958

Solution

1…Qf4! and after say 2 gf, 2…Bg8 traps White’s Queen, and Black emerges material up.

For instance, the final position after exchanges could well be as below, when Black mops up, for instance by …d4.

FEN

r3rk2/p4bbQ/6Bp/3pq3/2p2R2/4PPP1/Pp3P2/1K5R b – – 0 1

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.

Black to play: evaluate 1…Bd4+ 2 Be3 Qg5, as played in the game

Pos104

Solution

Trivial, today. 1…Bd4+ 2 Be3 Qg5?? is met with by 3 Qd4 and the pin is broken: 1-0.

Pos105

FEN

6k1/r5bp/pp1p2p1/2pP1qB1/P1P5/8/1P1Q2PP/5RK1 b – – 0 23

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

Pos102

Barczay v Sebestyen, Gyor 1954

 

Solution

1 Rc4??  Rb3+ and the Rc4 falls; but 1 Nd4+! is a nice zwischenzug so that after 1…ed, 2 Rc4 Rb3+ can now be met with by 3 Kd4

Pos103

FEN

8/6pp/8/1kPPp3/1pn1P3/1N1K3P/1r4P1/2R5 w – – 0 1

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.

Black to play

Pos99

Carro v Rossolimo, 1951

Solution

1…Qc1+ 2 Kh2[] Qf4+ is the natural try, setting up a jump-biff on the b8-h2 diagonal, with the Qd6 being LPDO.

Pos100

3 g3? and 3 Kg1? lose the queen to 3…Nf3+; so 3 Kh1: but then 3…Qf1+ and 4…Qe2, picking up the LPDO Re2.

Pos101

 

FEN

5rk1/5p1p/3Q2p1/p3n3/4B3/7P/1qP1R1P1/7K b – – 0 1