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Daily Chess Puzzle IOM

Today’s problem is from the current Chess.com Grand Swiss in Douglas, Isle of Man.

 

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

Ganguly Surya Shekhar - Saduakassova Dinara (30...Kh8)

 

Ganguly v Saduakassova, Douglas, Isle of Man. 11 October 2019

Solution

1 Qg6! (though 1 R1d4 also wins) with the idea of after a random move (e.g. 1…a4) 2 R1d4! cd 3 Bf5: the point of Bh3 in yesterday’s posting.

Ganguly Surya Shekhar - Saduakassova Dinara (33.Bf5)

 

 

FEN

1r1r3k/1b1Pq1p1/1p1R1p1B/p1p1p3/3nP1QP/6PB/PP3P2/3R2K1 w – – 0 31

Daily Chess Puzzle IOM

Today’s problem is from the current Chess.com Grand Swiss in Douglas, Isle of Man.

 

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

Ganguly Surya Shekhar - Saduakassova Dinara (27...Qe7).jpg

 

Ganguly v Saduakassova, Douglas, Isle of Man. 11 October 2019

Solution

1 Bh6! Nd4 2 Qg4 f6

Ganguly Surya Shekhar - Saduakassova Dinara (29...f6)

My engine prefers  3 f4, or 3 R1d4 cd 4 f4, the point being after say 4…Kh8 to prise open the king side with 5 fe: all very complicated, but (with the engine’s help) I can see the power of White’s forces.

White however played 3 Bh3, also good enough to win.

FEN

1r1r2k1/1b1Pqpp1/1pnR3p/p1p1p3/4PB1P/5QP1/PP3PB1/3R2K1 w – – 0 28

Daily Chess Puzzle IOM

Today’s problem is from the current Chess.com Grand Swiss in Douglas, Isle of Man.

 

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

Kasimdzhanov Rustam - Lei Tingjie (22...Rf5)

 

Kasimdzhanov v Lei, Douglas, Isle of Man. 11 October 2019

Solution

1 Rg6! Kg6[] 2 Re1! there is time to bring the final piece into the game.

Kasimdzhanov Rustam - Lei Tingjie (24.Re1)

Black checked, 2..Bh2+ 3 Nh2 Qf4, but White met it by 4 Bg3 and the threat of Re6+ and Nf3 was 1-0.

If instead 2..Qf7, then 3 Re6+ Kh7 4 g6+ forks king and queen.

 

FEN

rn6/ppq3pk/3bR1p1/2pP1rPp/7B/2PQ1N1P/P4P2/R5K1 w – – 0 23

Daily Chess Puzzle IOM

Today’s problem is from the current Chess.com Grand Swiss in Douglas, Isle of Man.

 

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

Kuzubov Yuriy - Jansa Vlastimil (20...Re8).jpg

 

Kuzubov v Jansa, Douglas, Isle of Man. 11 October 2019

Solution

1 Nf6+ Kf8[] 2 Rh8+ Ke7 3 Nd5+! the point: Black resigned.

Kuzubov Yuriy - Jansa Vlastimil (23.Nd5+)

 

 

FEN

r1q1r1k1/ppp2pn1/4p3/6p1/2B2bN1/5P2/PPP1QP2/1K1R3R w – – 0 21

Daily Chess Puzzle IOM

Today’s problem is from the current Chess.com Grand Swiss in Douglas, Isle of Man.

 

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

 

Safarli Eltaj - Rodshtein Maxim (24...Rf8)

Safarli, E v Rodshtein, M; Douglas, Isle of Man. October 2019

Solution

1 Ne6! completing the series of shocks: Black resigned.

Safarli Eltaj - Rodshtein Maxim (25.Ne6).jpg

 

1…fe 2 Re6! would have been a more fitting finale.

FEN

5rkr/pp3p1p/2nq2pQ/3p1RN1/3P4/2P5/PP4PP/4R1K1 w – – 0 25

Daily Chess Puzzle IOM

Today’s problem is from the current Chess.com Grand Swiss in Douglas, Isle of Man.

 

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

Safarli Eltaj - Rodshtein Maxim (21...Rh8)

 

Safarli, E v Rodshtein, M; Douglas, Isle of Man. October 2019

Solution

1 Qh6+!

I wonder if Black saw this coming, or if he had a shock?

Safarli Eltaj - Rodshtein Maxim (22.Qh6+)

Black played 1…Kg8, met with 2 f5 ef 3 Rf5! again exploiting the LPDO Qd6.

Safarli Eltaj - Rodshtein Maxim (24.Rxf5)

 

FEN

2r4r/pp3pkp/2nqp1p1/3p2N1/3P1P2/2P4Q/PP4PP/4RRK1 w – – 0 22

Daily chess puzzle

Today’s problem is from 38 years ago, when I was at Cambridge University. I have been visiting my alma mater this week.

As has been my custom on this blog for a while, I 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

Beardsworth Allan - Wall Nick CT (30...Nxc2)

Allan Beardsworth v Nick Wall, Cambridgeshire Championships, 6/12/1981

Solution

1 Rg4! and White wins; alas, I played 1 Rf4, but Black didn’t play the only move, 1…Rd1+, winning, instead playing 1…Be3:

Beardsworth Allan - Wall Nick CT (31...Ne3)

and now 2 Qh7+! Kh7[] 3 Rh4 mate.

Beardsworth Allan - Wall Nick CT (33.Rh4#)

FEN

6rk/5p1p/1pp2PpQ/p2rq1P1/P3p3/1P5P/2n1N1R1/5RK1 w – – 0 31