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Daily chess puzzle: Check Mate #499

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

 

Black to play and win

 

S Martinovic v S Markjanovic, Pula 1980

 

Solution

Not too hard, but a nice second move needs to be seen to make the obvious 1…Qh4+ work after 2gh.
2…Nd3+! rather than the obvious 2…Nf3++? seals the deal: it is mate by 3…Nf2 (or 3 f4 Bf4+ and 4…Nf2 mate).


White’s ‘best’ is 2 Bh3 when various moves win. 2…Nf3+ being one. Even 2…gh works because after 3gh Ng4+ is followed by 4…Nf2+ forking king and queen.  

FEN

3rr1nk/1R2q3/3b3p/4np2/2Pp2pP/P2P2P1/5PBK/1RBQ2N1 b – – 0 1


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Guess the moves: from today’s Palma Grand Prix

Three wonderful games in today’s Grand Prix in Palma de Mallorca.

The game of the day is Aronian’s wonderful attack vs Giri; having a rather lazy Sunday, I logged on to watch the games near the end, and enjoyed playing “guess the move” for the final few moves; not seeing if and how Levon was going to conclude his attack. But he played the last final moves so rapidly that I suspect he had seen the finale long before.

For now, three “guess the moves”:

White to play in Hikaru’s and Levon’s games, and Black to play in the third.

guess the move

Solutions

These moves each show the incredible wonder of chess, and the equally incredible strength of the world’s top players.

Nakamura

Ding

Aronian

 

 

Daily chess puzzle: Check Mate #498

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

 

White to play and win

 


C McNab v P Hammer. Malta Olympiad 1980

 

Solution

 The backward move 1Qb1 might normally be hard to see, but here White’s Queen is restricted, so finding it is easier. 


If 1…Ke7 2 Qb4+ Ke8 3 Nc7+ wins the queen. 

FEN

5qB1/p2b4/Np1kpp2/nP1p2p1/P2P4/4P1P1/5PK1/1Q6 b – – 0 1

Daily chess puzzle: Check Mate #497

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

 

White to play and mate Black

 

Palin v Brosius, Pula 1980

 

Solution

A classic Sicilian Dragon attack. 1 Nf5


And if 1… gf, 2 g5 wins:


Or if 2…Rg8 a standard mating finish: Qh7+ Rh7+ and Rh1 mate.


FEN

2rq1r1k/1b3p1p/p2p1npQ/1p2p3/3NP1P1/1PN2P2/1PP5/1K1R3R w – – 0 1

Daily chess puzzle: Check Mate #496

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

 

White to play and mate Black

 

Popov v Ajanski, Plovdiv 1980

 

Solution

1 Qf6! and it is all over.

 

FEN

r4k1b/2q2p1P/b1n1p1p1/2p1P1Q1/2P3N1/p4N2/Pr3PB1/R3R1K1 w – – 0 1

Daily chess puzzle: Check Mate #495

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

  

Black to play and mate White

 

Frimen v Rind, 1980

Solution

Not too hard. 1…Rh3+ 2 gh[) Qf2+ 3 Kg5[] f6 mate

 


Or 1..g5+ 2 fg[] Rh3+ 3 gh[) Qf2 mate. 

FEN

3RQ3/pp3pk1/6p1/2q4p/5PbK/P1r5/2n3PP/7R b – – 0 1

Daily chess puzzle: Check Mate #494

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

 

White to play and mate Black

 

Pape v Stanke, Wernogerode 1980

 

Solution

 Not too difficult again today. 1 Qf7+ and mates, eg after 1…Kf7 by 2 Bd5mate.


FEN

2r1r1k1/pQ3ppp/6n1/2p5/3q4/5Bp1/PPP3P1/4RR1K w – – 0 1