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Test your chess: daily chess puzzle # 173

March 5, 2015

White to play and win

White played 1 Qf4, to which black replied 1…Nf6.

(1….ef 2 e5+ and mates)

G Michelakis v D Greek 1986

 

Solution

 

Fairly simple today: 2 Qf5+ and it is mate next move: 2…Bf5[] 3 ef mate.

 

In fact, 1 Qf4 was sub-optimal, since black should simply have left it there, playing say 1.. Qe7, and eventually the white queen would need to retreat. Better would be 1 f4! forcing open lines, after 1…Bg4 2 Rh4.

 

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