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It’s Your Move: daily chess puzzle # 12

June 5, 2015

Black to play

Kristinsson v Benediktsson, Iceland 1961

 

Solution

 

The problem in the book is 'how does black escape to a draw' and, in the absence of other moves, 1…Nd6! has to be the solution.

Clearly, white can't take the Nd6; if 2 Rd6, then 2….Rc1+ 3 Rc6[] Rc6+ 4 Kc6[] Ka7 1/2.

Whether black is drawing in theory is down to the Tablebases; whether he could draw in practice is more of a moot point.

 

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