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Test your chess: daily chess puzzle # 237

May 8, 2015

White to play and win

Mate in six (if you want to find it)

S Pearson v CC De Villiers 1998

 

Solution

 

Reitstein gives this as a mate in six, which indeed it is, but it is hardly worth finding it, since black has several defences, all mated in slightly different ways. Instead, 1 Re5! is obvious and strong, and all that is needed is to see how white defeats the major defences, such as the two alternative captures of the N. I managed to find the mate in six in the hardest line, but I don't think it is interesting nor worth giving,

 

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