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Daily Chess Puzzle

Today’s problem is from a recent newspaper article- from the Spectator.

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

botvinnik mikhail moisevich - smyslov vassily v (26.qg5)

Botvinnik v Smyslov, game 18, World Championship match 19/54/1958

Solution

Smyslov played 1…Rde8, and eventually lost the game, but 1…Rd2! would have won.

After say 2 Be6+ Rf7, White only has 3 Bf7+ Kf7 and no more checks.

botvinnik mikhail moisevich - smyslov vassily v (28...kxf7)

A picture tells a 1,000 words, and below is the Chessbase15 quick annotation diagram of the game.

capture

Black missed his main chance, and blundered in the R+B endgame at move 46.

FEN

3r1rk1/pp5p/2b3p1/2p1p1Q1/5P2/2P1R1PB/P1q4P/4R1K1 b – – 0 26

Daily Chess Puzzle

Today’s problem is from the recent World Rapid Championships in St. Petersburg.

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

duda jan-krzysztof - svidler peter (35...f6)

Duda v Svidler, St. Petersburg Rapid 28/12/18

 

Solution

1 Rf5! and the Black Queen is trapped, and will be won after f2-f3.

duda jan-krzysztof - svidler peter (36.rf5)

FEN

6k1/6p1/r1rp1p1p/3R3P/p1p1P1q1/P5P1/1PQR1PK1/8 w – – 0 36

 

Daily Chess Puzzle

Today’s problem is from the recent World Blitz and Rapidplay championships in St. Petersburg.

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

Anand Viswanathan - Christiansen Johan-Sebastian (35...Nxc4).gif

Anand v Christiansen, St. Petersburg, blitz 29/1/218

 

Solution

1 Rc4! to distract the Black Queen from defending e7; 1…Qc4[] 2 Qe7! and since the Re8 is tied to the back rank,  White has won a piece.

anand viswanathan - christiansen johan-sebastian (37.qxe7)

FEN

4r1k1/p3r1pp/4P3/2q2pQ1/2n2N2/8/6PP/1RR4K w – – 0 36

Daily Chess Puzzle

Today’s problem is a nice one seen recently on Chessbase.

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

Edouard Romain - Zumsande Martin (32...Bf4).gif

Edouard v Zumsande, Bundesliga 25/10/2018

 

Solution

1 Rf4! (obvious, but the follow up isn’t) 1…Rf4 [] 2 h3! (the point) and White wins a piece.

edouard romain - zumsande martin (34.h3)

Black gets the Pd4 after 2…Qg7 but White is winning, partly due to the exposed Black king.

 

FEN

5rk1/7p/p7/3p4/Pp1Ppbq1/1P2B3/6PP/4QRK1 w – – 0 33

 

Daily Chess Puzzle

Today’s problem is from the recent British Knockout in London

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

1

Jones G v McShane L, London 16/12/18

 

Solution

Watching live, I missed Gawain’s shot, and didn’t even consider it.

I should have: examine all biffs, although even if I had, it might have been too deep for me to see.

1 Bf7+!

Luke played 1…Qf7, and resigned a few moves later. The defence I struggled with, until eventually seeing it, was the alternate capture, 1…Kf7:

2

Gawain’s idea was 2 Rd6! Qd6[] 3 Ng5+ K moves 4 Ne4.

3

Forking the Q and R, and note that Black’s queen can’t move to d2 hitting the LPDO Re1, so White nets a good extra pawn, and Black’s king is exposed.

FEN

2b1r1k1/4qp1p/3b2p1/p1rBp3/2P5/Q4N1P/1P3PP1/3RR1K1 w – – 0 25
wKg1,Qa3,Nf3,Bd5,Rd1,e1,Pb2,c4,f2,g2,h3/bKg8,Qe7,Bc8,d6,Rc5,e8,Pa5,e5,f7,g6,h7

 

Daily Chess Puzzle

To start 2019, I will on most days post positions, moves, or games that have given me pleasure during 2018. I will intersperse these with two further items: (i) a pot pourri of puzzles taken from my years of newspaper clippings, printouts and other pieces of paper which I have collated over the years. I have piles of the latter, and made a new year’s resolution to go through them, clearing out those which no longer interest me. I hope to find some gems in these old papers. (I made the same new year’s resolution last year, and the pile has grown, not reduced…)

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Solution

 

See here for the solution.

Daily Chess Puzzle

To start 2019, I will on most days post positions, moves, or games that have given me pleasure during 2018. I will intersperse these with two further items: (i) a pot pourri of puzzles taken from my years of newspaper clippings, printouts and other pieces of paper which I have collated over the years. I have piles of the latter, and made a new year’s resolution to go through them, clearing out those which no longer interest me. I hope to find some gems in these old papers. (I made the same new year’s resolution last year, and the pile has grown, not reduced…)

 

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Solution

 

See here for the solution.