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Daily chess puzzle: Check Mate #110

September 24, 2016
Another puzzle from Dragoslav Andric’s 1981 book “Matni Udar”.
White to play and mate Black (and, today, there is a second puzzle below)
1101
Grünfeld v Wagner, London 1927 (using the date from Megabase: the book says 1929)
Solution
At first, I looked without success at 1 Rg7+?; and then at 1 Nf7 or 1 Bf7+; once I saw none of these worked, I saw the ‘trick: 1 Qh7+! Kh7[] 2 Rh3+ Kg8[] 3 Ng6 1-0.
1102
Black can’t prevent 4 Rh8 mate.
Nice.
Postcript
In the game, White missed 1 Qh7+!, but won regardless.
Black to play and show a sense of humour
The penultimate position in the actual game was below, with Black to move:
110end.JPG
What was Black’s move? I hope both players smiled, as they shook hands.
Solution
1…Qg1+, and 1-0 after 2 Kg1
FEN
b3rrk1/p3qppp/1p6/2p1NQ2/2BPnP2/4P1R1/PP4PP/R5K1 w – – 0 20
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