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Daily chess puzzle: Check Mate # 92

September 2, 2016

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

 

Black to play and mate White.

(White could bale out with overwhelming material loss)

 

Unknown vs Nimzowitsch, Copenhagen 1925

 

Solution

 

Straightforward today, or at least a standard theme of double attack. 1…Rh1+! 2 Kh2 ef 0-1

 

Black threatens both Rh8 mate and fe(Q)+ so it is all over: if 2…Ree4 3 f1(Q)+ and 0-1.

 

Whenever I see such positions, with double attacks of a different nature (so not forks) I think of Levon Aronian. At the London Classic several years ago, having finished his game, he came to sit next to me, since I was sitting next to Viktor Korchnoi, helping Viktor ‘see’ the screens to know what was being played. At one stage, Viktor explained a line and said ‘and double attack’ to which Levon quipped ‘chess is double attack’; paused a moment to reflect, and said with stress ‘yes, chess is double attack’. This has always stuck with me and I have seen countless times when it is true.

 

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