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It’s Your Move: daily chess puzzle #319

April 12, 2016

Black to play and win


Botterill v Tal, Bath 1973



Typically Tal: why can I so rarely solve his puzzles? I tried ad nauseam 1…Bg1+ and didn’t get it quite to work- because it doesn’t, whereas 1…Be3!! does.


I will leave it to my readers to work out some of the variations: how did Tal do it?

In fact, my engine tells me that 1…Bg1+ also works, but only with 2…Qc3+, which I saw, but didn’t see its rationale: I concentrateed on 2…Qg5+ which the engine immediately assesses as +0.0.

I’ll leave this puzzle as one for interested readers to spend time on.

From → Chess

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