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Daily Chess Puzzle

Today’s problem is from the March 1979 edition of Chess Magazine.

As is my custom, I only say 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 (variation)

Karpov Anatoly - Huebner Robert (39...Kh7)

 

A Karpov v R Huebner, Montreal 1979

Solution

Yesterday, I gave 1 Rg6, which wins, but 1 Qe3! is even stronger:

Karpov Anatoly - Huebner Robert (40.Qe3!).jpg

If 1…Bd8 (say) 2 Rh8+! and if 2…Kh8, 3 Qh6+ and mates.

Karpov Anatoly - Huebner Robert (43.Qf8+)

FEN

6R1/3qb2k/1r4pp/p2Bp3/1p2P3/1P1Q2PP/P5K1/8 w – – 0 40

Daily Chess Puzzle

Today’s problem is from the March 1979 edition of Chess Magazine.

As is my custom, I only say 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

Karpov Anatoly - Huebner Robert (38...Qd7 )

A Karpov v R Huebner, Montreal 1979

 

Solution

Karpov missed that Huebner’s last move, Qd6-d7, was a blunder, putting the Q on a White square, and LPDO, so that a discovered check would be very harmful. He played 1 Qc4, and the game was eventually drawn.

But 1 Rg8+ Kh7 (a White square) 2 Rg6! and the rook can’t be taken.

Karpov Anatoly - Huebner Robert (40.Rxg6)

FEN

2R5/3qb1k1/1r4pp/p2Bp3/1p2P3/1P1Q2PP/P5K1/8 w – – 0 39

Daily Chess Puzzle

Today’s problem is from the October 1979 edition of Chess Magazine, whch I was browsing through, going down memory lane.

As is my custom, I only say 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

Litinskaya Marta I - Samaganova Bakita (21...Qg6)

 

Litinskaya N v Samaganova B, Moscow 7/1979

Solution

1 Rf5! and White wins: the Rf8 is tied to the Rd8, so 1…Qf5, when 2 Rf5 and the rook can’t be captured.

Litinskaya Marta I - Samaganova Bakita (22.Rxf5)

FEN

3r1r1k/p1pp2pp/1p4q1/5nQ1/2P5/2B2R2/PP3PPP/5RK1 w – – 0 22

Daily Chess Puzzle

Today’s problem is from an old edition of Chess Magazine. I don’t know which one, because, as is my habit, from time to time I photocopy a page to solve on walks or on trains etc; and my copy doesn’t show the magazine date.

As is my custom, I only say 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

Jones Gawain C B - Panjwani Raja (19...g6)

 

 

Solution

The type of position I find hard: I would see 1 Bg6! fg[] 2 Nh6 but not be sure that my initiative is strong enough for all eventualities, but Gawain saw the lack of coordination of Black’s forces, and the further disruption by f4-f5-f6.

White’s attack is overwhelming.

Jones Gawain C B - Panjwani Raja (22.Qxg6)

FEN

r1bqrk2/1pp2p1B/3pn1pp/2n2N2/p1P2P2/P1B1P3/1PQ3PP/R2R2K1 w – – 0 20

Daily Chess Puzzle

Today’s problem is from an old edition of Chess Magazine. I don’t know which one, because, as is my habit, from time to time I photocopy a page to solve on walks or on trains etc; and my copy doesn’t show the magazine date.

As is my custom, I only say 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

Mason Donald - Gibson Christopher A (17...Re8)

 

D Mason v C Gibson, West Bromwich 26/1/2013

Solution

In the game, White played 1 Ne5 and eventually won, but first 1 Bd7! Qd7[] 2 Ne5 is overwhelming.

Mason Donald - Gibson Christopher A (19.Ne5)

FEN

r2qr1k1/1b1n1p1p/3bpp1B/pB6/1p1P4/1Q3N2/PP3PPP/R3R1K1 w – – 0 18

Daily Chess Puzzle

Today’s problem is from an old edition of Chess Magazine. I don’t know which one, because, as is my habit, from time to time I photocopy a page to solve on walks or on trains etc; and my copy doesn’t show the magazine date.

As is my custom, I only say 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

Horton Jamie A - Reed John (23...Kh7)

 

J Horton v J Reed, Chester 20/1/2013

Solution

1 Ng5+ hg 2 Qh5+ gh 3 e5+

Horton Jamie A - Reed John (26.e5+)

and White is winning.

FEN

3rr1n1/ppp2p1k/2nb2pp/7q/4P3/2P1BN2/PPB1QP1P/2K1R1R1 w – – 0 24

Daily Chess Puzzle

Today’s problem is from an old edition of Chess Magazine. I don’t know which one, because, as is my habit, from time to time I photocopy a page to solve on walks or on trains etc; and my copy doesn’t show the magazine date.

As is my custom, I only say 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

Jones Gawain C B - Djuric Stefan (9...Qd7).jpg

G Jones v S Djuric, Bratto 27/4/2013

 

Solution

1 Bb5! d5[] 2 Bc6! overloading the queen: White wins a pawn.

Jones Gawain C B - Djuric Stefan (12.Qxf5)

The game is anything but over- in the game, Black got significant compensation, but a nice tactic regardless.

 

FEN

r3k1nr/p1pqbppp/2pp4/4Pb2/2B5/2P2Q2/PP3PPP/RNB1K2R w KQkq – 0 10