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Daily chess puzzle: Check Mate #186

December 14, 2016
Another puzzle from Dragoslav Andric’s 1981 book “Matni Udar”.
White to play and mate Black
1861
Smyslov v Euwe, Zürich 1953
Solution
Not for the first time in this book, the position is actually a variation from the game, not the game itself.
Diverting the queen from defending a key square is the aim here, as it was yesterday. 1 Be5! Re5 2 Qe5!
1862
2….Qe5 3 Bc6+
1863
White then has see-saw checks taking both bishops, and then the Q: so 1-0.
My engine tells me that 1 Qc5! is also winning, in similar fashion.
FEN
k1n1r3/p2R2bb/2p2qpp/4pp2/2P5/2B1Q1P1/PP3PBP/6K1 w – – 0 29
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