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Daily chess puzzle: Check Mate #361

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

 

White to play and mate Black

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Berquist v Timman, correspondence 1971/72

Solution

1 Nh5! to exploit the tied Nf6 (tied to defending h7) and the LPDO Qb6. 1…gh[] 2 Ne6! clearing the g-line.
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2…Qe6, 3 Rg5 mate; 2…Ne8 3 Rg5+ and mate on g7; so 2…fe 3 Rg5+ Kf7[] 4 Qg6 mate.
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Note the importance of the h-pawn being on h3: if it were on h2, then Black has a Qf2+ Kf2 Ng4+ forking resource (forking the Kf2 and Qh6).
Komodo tells me 1 N3e4! also wins, the point being 1…Be4 2 Re4 and swings to the h-file; but 1…Rfe8 and either 2 Re6! is the engine move, or 2 Re1 piling on pressure, are harder to see than the Nh5! Ne6! idea.

FEN

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Daily chess puzzle: Check Mate #360

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

 

White to play and mate Black

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Sampouw v Silalahi, Indonesia 1971

 

Solution

A nice one today. Not immediately obvious, but ‘when the penny drops’, a smile results.
1 Qe8! Qh5[] 2 Ne7+!
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Ne7[] 3 Qf8+! Kf8[] 4 Rd8 mate.
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Pretty.

FEN

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Daily chess puzzle: Check Mate #359

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

 

White to play and mate Black

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Palda v Beni, Vienna 1971

 

Solution

Ignoring the threat to the Q, 1 Nh6! and if 1…Nf3, 2 Rg8+! and 3 Nf7 mate. Otherwise, White wins a piece.

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FEN

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Daily chess puzzle: Check Mate #358

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

 

Black to play and mate White

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Palme v Niedermayr, Linz 1971

Solution

Not too hard today: 1…Be4 2 Qe4[] Qg1+! and mates after 3…Rc1+ etc.

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FEN

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Daily chess puzzle: Check Mate #357

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

 

White to play and mate Black

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Calobort v Balbe, Spain 1971

 

Solution

A rest day. 1 Qb7+ Nb7[] 2 Nc6+ Ka8[] 3 ab+ Kb7[] 4 Ra7 mate.

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FEN

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Daily chess puzzle: Check Mate #356

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

 

White to play and mate Black

 

Kijukin v Giergiel, USSR 1971

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Solution

This is almost a study position, because everything ‘works’. It is a long mainline, but quite linear, so I was pleased to be able to see it through to the end.
1 g6 fg 2 Re6! Qh4
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3 Rc6+ Kb4[] 4 a3+ Ka4[] 5 Rc4+! bc[] 6 Bc6 mate.
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FEN

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Daily chess puzzle: Check Mate #355

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

 

White to play and mate Black

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Kozlovska v Cardoso, Ohrid 1971

 

Solution

Not too hard, since the first few moves are obvious, given it is a puzzle position. 1 Qh7+ Nh7[] 2 Rh7+ Kh7[] 3 Rh3+
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If 3…Kg6 4 Bh5+ and 5 Bf7 mate, so 3…Qh5, when 4 Bh5 mates either by withdrawing the bishop or playing Bf7+, depending on Black’s defence.

FEN

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