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Daily chess puzzle: Check Mate #275

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

 

Black to play and mate White

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Getals v Tuomainen, Budva 1963

Solution

Not too hard today: 1…Bh3+ forces 2 Bg2[] when 2…Qd5!, wins, x-raying the LPDO Rh1.

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If 3 Rg1, 3…Qf3 and mate on f2 can only be avoided by the ruinous Q*d3.

FEN

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Daily chess puzzle: Check Mate #274

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

 

White to play and mate Black

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Gligoric v Rosenstein, Chicago 1963

 

Solution

As with previous days, not too hard: 1 Qe7+ Qe7[] 2 Bd6 pins and wins since 2..Qd6 3 Re8 mate.

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FEN

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Daily chess puzzle: Check Mate #273

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

 

White to play and mate Black

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Kluger v Polgar, Budapest 1963

Solution

Again, sac on the g file, and mate. 1 Rg7!  1-0. If 1…Nh5, 2 Rh7 mate; so 1…Rg7 2 Qh6+ Rh7 3 Bh7

FEN

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Daily chess puzzle: Check Mate #272

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

 

White to play and mate Black

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Langer v Gestezy, Madarska 1963

Solution

As yesterday, today’s is fairly standard: sac, sac, check, check, etc.

1 Ne6+ (1. Rh7+ 2 Qh5+ 3 Bg6 also wins) 1..fe 2 Rh7+! Kh7 and the Q and B mate.

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FEN

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Daily chess puzzle: Check Mate #271

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

 

Black to play and mate White

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Lepeskin v Kastjerin

Solution

Very standard today: break through on the g file by 1..Rg2+ 2 Kg2 Rg8+ 3 Kh1 Qg5!!

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and the nicest line is 4 Rg1 Qg1+! 5 Ng1[] Nf2 mate.

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FEN

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Daily chess puzzle: Check Mate #270

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

 

White to play and mate Black

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Mosionzhik v Listengarten, Moscow 1963

Solution

My engine gives 1 Rf1 as mate in 9, and you can see why “bringing more pieces to the party” is sensible, but some of the engine’s lines are hard to see: 1…Nd4 2 Ng7+! Bg7[] 3 Rf8+!! and 4 Qh5+).

The move I found, and the fame contination, was 1 Ng7+ Bg7[] and here I played 2 Rg7, threatening 3 Qh5+, and Komodo says my line is mate in 16, whilst the game continuation, 2 Qh5, is merely +14. I don’t think it matters: White’s position is overwhelming.

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FEN

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Daily chess puzzle: Check Mate #269

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

 

White to play and mate Black

 

Hartston v Penrose, London 1963

 

Solution

A game between a giant (Penrose) and another former top player of British chess, William Hartston (nowadays an occasional star of TV’s “Gogglebox”.

(As such, I am surprised the game isn’t in Megabase 2017: it is a position I knew, likely from childhood)

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1 Rf7! Kf7 (1…g5 2 Rdf1) 2 Bc4+ Kf8 (Komodo gives the strange line 2…Rd5 3 Nc5 as being +10, compared with 3 Bd5+ being a mere +7: I have no idea why). 3 Rf1+ Bf6[] 4 Rf6+

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4…gf 5 Qg8+ Ke7[] 6 Qe6+ Kf8[] 7 Qf6+ and mate next move.

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FEN

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