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Daily chess puzzle: Check Mate #167

November 24, 2016
Another puzzle from Dragoslav Andric’s 1981 book “Matni Udar”.
Black to play and mate White
1671
Unknown v Mason 1948
Solution
So, pretty, this looks almost ‘too good to be true’, since five of Black’s pieces (six, including his king) are on the back rank, and yet there is a forced mate.
1…Bb5! clears the back rank for the Q to reach h8 once the usual double rook sac has cleared the lines, here with the addition of the rank clearing Bc5+.
White can grovel, and play 2 Qf3, but if he then plays (after 2…Bf1) 3 Rf1, the same line follows.
So, 1…Bb5! 2 ab Nhg3+ 3 hg (3 hg drops the LPDO Qe2) hg+ 4 Kg1 Bc5+,
1672
5…Rh1+, 6 Rh8+, 7…Rh1+ 8…Qh1+ and 9….Qh2 mate.
FEN
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