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It’s Your Move: daily chess puzzle #219

December 30, 2015

Black to play and win


Epstein v Veroci, Lipetsk 1968


A pretty one today, with an unusual motif. It took me a few minutes to spot it, but examine all biffs leads to 1…g5!! and White’s position collapses.


The Bf4 is tied to defending the g3 pawn; if instead the h4 pawn captures, then the h file is opened and Black wins on the light squares. (1 hg) 1…Qh5+ 2 Kg1:


Now, Rf8 threatening R8f4 is the engine’s favourite, but Rf4 as played is crushing too.


From → Chess

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