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Test your chess: Reitstein problem 107

April 10, 2014

Black to play and win





M Bileden v A Chavkin 1920




I didn't solve this one, and certainly wouldn't have found the solution had I being playing black in a game.


The clue given by Reitstein said that white had overlooked black's brilliant reply which made me look for something special. After trying various moves, I landed on 1…Bc3!, which isn't bad, and after 2 ed! Bd4 at least black's bishop is improved, but black certainly isn't winning after 3 g3 pushing black back. I didn't do well on this puzzle, being pleased with myself that the 'main' line, 2 bc? is poor, being met with by 2…de 3 Ne4[] Qf4+ and black has a good advantage. I lazily assumed that 2 ed Bd4 was a bale out solution.


Alas, I never even considered 1…Qg3!, its point being 2 Bh5 de, when the Qg3 defends the e3 pawn, so it is game over: 3 Ne4 Qe1 mate. If instead 2 ed, then Be2+ and the LPDO Rh1 drops off.


I wonder if any of my readers solved this one, and if so, by what process or reasoning did they find the move?


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  1. Reblogged this on Chess Musings and commented:
    A slight improvement in the value of the Black Queen makes all the difference for Chauvin.

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