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Daily chess puzzle: Check Mate #10

June 9, 2016

Another puzzle from Dragoslav Andric’s 1981 book “Matni Udar”.

White to play and win

101

Morphy v Braunschweig, Paris 1858

Solution

The first moves are easy, and can be played on intuition: White gets at least 2 pawns for a piece, and Black’s king is open, and White is ahead in development. 1 Nb5 cb 2 Bb5+ Nbd7 (2…Kd8 is bound to be inferior, permitting e.g. 3 0-0-0+ followed by a Rd3 rook-lift).

 

102

3 O-O-O Rd8 4 Rd7! Rd7[] 5 Rd1

103

and in the game, Black permitted a typically pretty Paul Morphy finish:

 

5..Qe6 6 Bd7+ Nd7 7 Qb8+!! and 8 Rd8 mate.

104

 

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