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Daily chess puzzle: Check Mate # 83

August 21, 2016

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

White to play and mate Black.

 

Morra v unknown, Nica 1923 (I assume Nica means Nice, France).

 

Solution

I assume White is the player after whom the Morra Gambit is played (one of my main lines in blitz, however bad a line it is: plenty of good defences for Black, but plenty of bad lines too, and so much fun).

It is immediately clear that the aim has to be to throw away the two Knights, and check on the h file with Rook or Queen or both, and maybe with a Bh5+/Bf7 discovery idea too.

My first try was to throw away the Nh4 with 1 Ng6, but this only wins slowly: 1…Qg6. So 1 Ng5+! hg 2 Rh3! aiming to discover with the N.

Black has several defences, all met in similar fashion.

 

 

 

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