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Daily chess puzzle: Check Mate #141

October 26, 2016

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

 

White to play and win (or, have a good advantage)

1411

Taube v Finotti, Hamburg 1939

 

Solution

1 Qa6! is fairly obvious, with the typical motif of 1…ba?? 2 Ba6 mate. So 1…Qb4 and 2 Qa7 and White is better: 2..Bd6 3 a3 Qb6 works, since if 4 Qb6 Nb6 protects the Bd6. White ends a pawn up.

FEN

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