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 after 1…Rc8 in the diagram position**

Enigk v Effel, corres 1957

**Solution**

1…Rc8?? 2 Ra8! Ra8[] 3 Qa2+! and stalemate after 3..Qa2.

Black can’t escape the draw by 3..Kf8: White has a perpetual by careful checking.

**FEN**

5rk1/R5p1/6Pp/5p2/3p1P2/4nP1q/5Q2/6K1 b – – 0 1

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 after Black played 1…Ne5**

Koberl v Tipary, Budapest 1955

**Solution**

1 g6+!

1…Kg6 (1…Ng6 2 Qf7+) 2 Qg1+ Kf6 (2…Kh7 3 Qb1 1-0) 3 Qg5+!

and stalemate after 3..Kg5[].

**FEN**

8/Q4p1k/4p1n1/3p2P1/5p2/5P1K/2r5/8 b – – 0 1

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 after Black plays 1…Qc4**

Sliwa v Doda, Lodz 1967

**Solution**

1…Qc4? leads to an immediate draw, though I think any other move does too: 1….Qb3 2 Qe7+ and perpetual check.

2 Qe7+ Kg6 3 Be4+! Qe4 [] 4 Qh7+ ( or g7 or f7) 4…Kh7[] stalemate.

**FEN**

4Q3/6k1/p2pn2p/6p1/2P2pP1/5B1K/q6P/8 b – – 0 1

**White to play**

Kestler v Pesch, Traben Trarbach 1956

**Solution**

1 Ra8+! Kh7 2 Rh8+! Kh8[] 3 Qh6+! Qh6[] 4 Stalemate.

**FEN**

7k/3nr3/R3Q3/3p2qP/2pP4/2P5/2P5/3K4 w – – 0 13

**Black to play**

Fichtl v Blatny, Bratislava 1956

**Solution**

1…Bc6+! since after the forced 2 Qc6[], 2…Rg1+! 3 Kg1[] stalemate.

**FEN**

3kb3/8/3P2r1/P1Q2p2/5P2/8/7P/7K b – – 0 49

Today’s problem is from another game between Darga and Spassky.

**White to play**

Spassky v Darga, Beverwijk, 1967

**Solution**

1 Ng6! fg[] 2 Bd5 and Black’s pawns are disrupted.

A nice petite combination.

The Queen is LPDO and the Pe6 pinned because of the threatened jump-biff.

**FEN**

5rk1/1prnqpp1/p3p2p/P2nN3/3P4/1B5P/1P2QPP1/R2R2K1 w – – 0 21

Today’s problem is another game between yesterday’s players, found when finding yesterday’s game in Megabase.

**White to play**

Spassky v Darga, Varna 1962

**Solution**

1 Ne6! fe[] 2 Qa4+ Qb5 3 Qg4 and Black is in a losing bind.

3…Qc6 4 Qg7 Rf8 5 Rf8+ Bg8[] 6 Qh7

6..Rc8 7 Qg6+ Ke7[] and resigns, because 8 Rd6 wins, as does 8 Qf6+, and the computer’s preference 8 b4: the idea of b4 is that Black is in zugzwang.

**FEN**

r3kb1r/1q3ppp/p3p3/4P3/p2N1Q2/P7/1PP3PP/3R1R1K b kq – 0 20