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Daily chess puzzle: Check Mate #16

June 15, 2016

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

Black to play and win

161

Celso Golmayo-Zupide v Samuel Loyd, Paris 27.6. 1867

Solution

Quite pretty, and a motif I have not seen before.  1…Ra1+! forces 2 Ra1[] when 2…Qg5+ 3 Kb1 Nd2+

162

forces either 4 Ka2 Ra8+ and mates, or

4 Kc1 Qc1+! !

163

and 5…Nd2+ followed by the same mate on the a-line.

164

Megabase tells me this game was played in the international chess congress, else I would have assumed it was a game vs an amateur or a ‘staged’ game: you don’t get combinations like this nowadays?!

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