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It’s Your Move: daily chess puzzle # 173

November 14, 2015

White to play and win


Ivkov v Dückstein, Sarajevo 1967




A nice puzzle, involving keeping control, and exploiting the geometric alignment of the Black rook and bishop, with the Ra4 being a LPDO.

So 1 Rc4! Ke7 (1….Kd7 2 Nc5+) 2 Rd4! keeps the Black King hemmed in. Then 3 g3 4 Kg2 5 Nd4 6 Rc4 and 7 Nc2 or similar wins the bishop.

The game’s final position is below.



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