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Daily chess puzzle: Check Mate #172

November 29, 2016
Another puzzle from Dragoslav Andric’s 1981 book “Matni Udar”.
White to play and mate Black
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Taimanov v Kuzminykh, Leningrad 1959
Solution
A problem I had seen before, perhaps as a child. So all I needed to do was ‘remember it’: although it turns out, from Megabase, that the position is a variation from the game, which was drawn, not an actual game: and it appears the colours were reversed (Taimanov was Black per Megabase)
1 Ng6! is clearly strong:
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and after 1…Nh7 there are several ways, but the forcing line is lovely: 2 Re6! fe[] 3 Qd8+!
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3…Qd8 4 Be6 mate.
FEN
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