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Daily Chess Puzzle

Today’s problem is from the 1972 book “Chess Combination as a Fine Art”, a book based on articles published in the 1950s-1960s by Kurt Richter.

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: evaluate 1 Rc7, the move played in the game

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unknown players, Yugoslavia 1949

 

Solution

1 Rc7 is a blunder due to the pretty 1…Rc5! and White loses his Q for a rook. 2 de isn’t possible due to the back rank mate.

6

FEN

8/pQ1q2pk/4p2p/3r1p2/3P4/4P3/PP3PPP/2R3K1 w – – 0 1

 

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Daily Chess Puzzle

Today’s problem is from the 1972 book “Chess Combination as a Fine Art”, a book based on articles published in the 1950s-1960s by Kurt Richter.

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: evaluate 1…Rc3

 

3

Thal v Bohnisch, Berlin 1969

Solution

1…Rc3?? loses, to either 1 Rd8+ Bf8[] 2 Bf4! or 1 Bf4. The engine prefers 1 Bf4, but both are overwhelmingly winning. I’ll give the diagram after the more natural human moves.

4

FEN

2r3k1/1p2ppbp/p5p1/4P3/3R4/2P4P/qPQ2PPB/6K1 b – – 0 1

Daily Chess Puzzle

Today’s problem is from the 1972 book “Chess Combination as a Fine Art”, a book based on articles published in the 1950s-1960s by Kurt Richter.

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: assess 1 Bc7

1

Tuk v Assenova, Lublin 1969

 

Solution

1 Bc7? is a losing blunder. 1…Rc7 2 Rb4 Rac8! is a double attack, threatening to mate on the first rank, so the Rb4 is captured next move.

2

FEN

r1r3k1/2p2ppp/8/p2p4/Rb1P1B2/1P6/1P3PPP/R5K1 w – – 0 1

 

Daily Chess Puzzle

Today’s problem is from the 1972 book “Chess Combination as a Fine Art”, a book based on articles published in the 1950s-1960s by Kurt Richter.

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.

The final position of the game I have been looking at during the last week.

Black to play

9

Huguet v Simonovic, Paris 1963

Solution

Black resigned, and I can see why. It took me a good while studying this position to see that Black’s position wasn’t hopeless, and that 1…Kg8[] still kept the game going.

The book, pre-engine era, doubts that White can win. But my engine, left running for a while, increases its assessment to +1.8 after 1 Qb4[] Rh2 2 Qf8+! Kf8 3 Rh2, when I can see that White will prevail with his too many pawns.

But in a human game, 1..Kg8 might have kept saved the game, since 2 Qe6+ with a repetition is what some players would do after such a great fight.

11

FEN

5r1k/4Q1p1/p5Pb/8/1p2P3/4n3/PP2r3/1K5R b – – 0 11

 

Daily Chess Puzzle

Today’s problem is from the 1972 book “Chess Combination as a Fine Art”, a book based on articles published in the 1950s-1960s by Kurt Richter.

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

8

Huguet v Simonovic, Paris 1963

Solution

After 1 Bf6, Black defends, and wins by the glorious 1… Kg8!!

10

1..Ng4!! also saves Black, and wins; but not 1…Ng6?? because of 2 Qh6+: the g7 pawn is pinned by the Bf6.

FEN

5r1k/4b1p1/p2ppBP1/q3n3/1pr1P3/2N5/PPPQ4/2KR4 b – – 0 3

 

Daily Chess Puzzle

Today’s problem is from the 1972 book “Chess Combination as a Fine Art”, a book based on articles published in the 1950s-1960s by Kurt Richter.

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: examine 1 Bf6

4

Huguet v Simonovic, Paris 1963

 

Solution

Yesterday I gave the solution, 1 Nd5!!, since 1 Bf6, the move I and most people would play without thinking- and which was played in the game, is met by the rocket 1…Qg5+!!

6

A tremendous response!

2 Bg5[] Bg5+[] 3 Kb1[] Bh6[] and the game goes on.

7

 

FEN

2r2rk1/4b1p1/p2ppnP1/q5B1/1pn1P3/2N5/PPP4Q/2KR4 w – – 0 4

 

Daily Chess Puzzle

Today’s problem is from the 1972 book “Chess Combination as a Fine Art”, a book based on articles published in the 1950s-1960s by Kurt Richter.

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

4

Huguet v Simonovic, Paris 1963

Solution

1 Nd5!! and if 1…ed 2 Bf6 and mates in a few moves: Qh7+, Qh8+.

Black’s only try is 1…Qd5[] 2 ed Ne5 3 Bf6 Ng6 4 Be7 Ne7 but after 5 Qd6 it is a mop-up.

5

FEN

2r2rk1/4b1p1/p2ppnP1/q5B1/1pn1P3/2N5/PPP4Q/2KR4 w – – 0 4