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Daily chess puzzle: Check Mate #115

Another puzzle from Dragoslav Andric’s 1981 book “Matni Udar”.

 

White to play and mate Black

1151

Balogh v Gtomer, Prague 1931

 

Solution

Since it is a puzzle, you have to try 1 Qb7+ (in a game, I might be more careful with my Queen) and once seen, it is fairly easy it is check, check, check…mate.

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In the game, Black resigned after 1..Kb7 2 Bd7+

(My first solution had been 1 Ba6, which wins equally well, but is less flashy. After 1…Qb7+ Black can of course grovel on with 1…Kd8, but he is still in an awful plight.

FEN

1nk2brr/1Qpbqp2/3p4/1B2p1P1/4P3/2PPB1p1/P2N1PP1/RR4K1 b – – 0 22

Daily chess puzzle: Check Mate #114

Another puzzle from Dragoslav Andric’s 1981 book “Matni Udar”.

 

White to play and mate Black

1141

Eliskases v Holzel, Bec, 1931

 

Solution

A nice disrupting move, 1 Rd5!, and Black can’t defend both f6 and d8: 1-0.

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FEN

3r3k/p3Qp1p/1p2p3/2R4P/3qb3/P5R1/1P3PP1/6K1 w – – 0 1

Daily chess puzzle: Check Mate #113

Another puzzle from Dragoslav Andric’s 1981 book “Matni Udar”.

 

White to play and mate Black

1131

Opocensky v Hromadka, Katowice 1931

Solution

A nice piece of calculation, with a mate in the centre of the board.

1 Rd5+! cd[] 2 Nd3+!

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ed[] 3 f4 mate.

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FEN

4r3/5r1p/R1p2pp1/1p1bk3/4pNPP/2P1K3/2P2P2/3R4 w – – 0 1

 

Daily chess puzzle: Check Mate #112

Another puzzle from Dragoslav Andric’s 1981 book “Matni Udar”.

 

White to play and mate Black

1121

Picugin v Fradkin, Habarovsk 1031

 

Solution

Fairly straightforward, but pleasing nevertheless. A single track line of forced moves, with only one minor variation..

1 Nf6+ Qf6[]  2 Ba4+ Na4 3 Qd7 mate; or 2…Ke7 3 Qd6 mate.

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FEN

r3kbr1/1p2qp1p/pn2b3/5p1N/8/1BP2pP1/PP1Q1P1P/3RR1K1 w q – 0 1

Daily chess puzzle: Check Mate #111

Another puzzle from Dragoslav Andric’s 1981 book “Matni Udar”.
xxx (see below) to play and win.
1111
Bogoljubov v Monticlli, San Remo 1930
Solution
The book doesn’t say which side is to win: normally it is obvious, and when it isn’t obvious, a quick look at the players’ names makes it all clear: Alekhine v unknown, simul, is likely to be 1-0.
So, here, I thought it must be Bogoljubov to play and win, and yet Black’s Berlin defence type queenside looks more than robust: I don’t think there is an easy win for White.
So, instead, Black to play and win: easier. 1…Ne2+! 2 Re2 Rf1+!
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3 Kh1 Qh1+ 4 Kf2 Ng4 mate.
1113
An elegant Q+N mating format.
FEN
2k2r2/2p5/1pq5/p1p1n3/P1P2n1B/1R4Pp/2QR4/6K1 b – – 0 36

Daily chess puzzle: Check Mate #110

Another puzzle from Dragoslav Andric’s 1981 book “Matni Udar”.
White to play and mate Black (and, today, there is a second puzzle below)
1101
Grünfeld v Wagner, London 1927 (using the date from Megabase: the book says 1929)
Solution
At first, I looked without success at 1 Rg7+?; and then at 1 Nf7 or 1 Bf7+; once I saw none of these worked, I saw the ‘trick: 1 Qh7+! Kh7[] 2 Rh3+ Kg8[] 3 Ng6 1-0.
1102
Black can’t prevent 4 Rh8 mate.
Nice.
Postcript
In the game, White missed 1 Qh7+!, but won regardless.
Black to play and show a sense of humour
The penultimate position in the actual game was below, with Black to move:
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What was Black’s move? I hope both players smiled, as they shook hands.
Solution
1…Qg1+, and 1-0 after 2 Kg1
FEN
b3rrk1/p3qppp/1p6/2p1NQ2/2BPnP2/4P1R1/PP4PP/R5K1 w – – 0 20

Daily chess puzzle: Check Mate #109

Another puzzle from Dragoslav Andric’s 1981 book “Matni Udar”.
White to play and mate Black.
1091
Ekström v unknown, Svedska 1929
Solution
A nice variation of a standard sacrificial idea: 1 Qg7+! Kg7[] 2 h8(Q)+! (the pretty key move)
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Rh8 3 Rg5+ Kf8[] 4 Rh8+ and 5 Rg8 mate.
FEN
2rr3k/1b2bppP/p3pn2/R7/3P4/1qB2P2/1P4Q1/1K5R w – – 0 1