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Daily chess puzzle: Check Mate #22

June 21, 2016

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

White to play and win

221

Zukertort v unknown, 1880

 

Solution

Not too hard, since you know that in the 19th century Queens were sacrificed. In Blitz or Rapidplay, one would play 1 Qf7 without a thought, unless you wanted to be flashy and had the time to calculate 1 gf! Ng6[] (only move in the sense that it is ungentlemanly to not accept a proffered piece) 2 hg+ Kg8

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3 Rh8+! (a nice detail, but not an uncommon motif)

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Kh8[] 4 f7 and mates on the h file. Black can interpose one or two things to be taken before mate, but mate it will be.

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