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It’s Your Move: daily chess puzzle #314

April 7, 2016

Black to play and win (or, at least, be better)

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Speelman v Hemingway, London 1972

 

Solution

1…d4 begs to be played, and is surprisingly strong: the Bishop’s diagonal is open, so there is an exchange of the d pawn for the g2 pawn, weakening White’s King. However White captures, White is left with an exposed King and Black has all the play.

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However, it isn’t 0-1; just better for Black. In the game, White spoiled things by playing a later Re6, from where Bb7-d5 biffed it, gaining a temp to then move to c4 with check.

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