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Daily chess puzzle: Check Mate #131

October 16, 2016

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

 

Black to play and mate White

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Kotov v Bondarevsky, Leningrad 136

 

Solution

I find such positions, where the pieces are all tangled and confused, difficult. Therefore, mainly by elimination, looking at all other moves (mainly captures and checks) I found the correct move 1…f4! when 2 Nf4 is forced, letting the Queen in, 2….Qf2+ when White again has a forced reply, 3 Kd3.

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I then found the prosaic, and winning, 3…Ne5+ 4 Be5[] Be5[] , and also noted that 3…Ndc5+ 4 Bc5[] Bc5 is overwhelming, but the move I missed is 3…Qd4+! and mates: 4 Kd4[]

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4…Bc5+ 5 Kd3 Ne5 mate.

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FEN

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