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It’s Your Move: daily chess puzzle #258

February 9, 2016

Black to play and win

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Larsen-Spassky, USSR-World, Belgrade 1970

Solution

Part of my chess education. I was eight when the game was played, and hadn’t learned to play chess. But by my mid-teens, partly because my local library only had very few chess books (two of the three volumes of Paul Keres, and one being Bent Larsen’s best games) I loved Larsen (I was a child of Bobby Fischer) and therefore new my heroes spectacular defeat (against Spassky, whom I also liked for his sportsmanship in Reykyjavik).

So, 1…Rh1!!

2582

2 Rh1 g2 3 Rf1 Qh4+ is soon curtains.

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