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It’s Your Move: daily chess puzzle # 208

December 19, 2015

White to play and win

2081

Botvinnik v Portisch, Monaco 1968

Solution

One I knew: or, perhaps I could say, one that is part of whatever chess education that I have.

1 Rf7!

2082

Black, rather than accepting the rook, declined it, playing 1…h6. The final moves are quite pretty, especially the actual last one.

2084

If instead Black had taken the rook, then 2 Qc4+ Kg6 3 Qg4+ (or 3 Qe4+) before bringing the N into the attack on g5; by contrast, 3 Nh4+?? is just equal after 3…Kf6.

2083

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