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Daily chess puzzle: Check Mate #209

January 19, 2017

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

 

White to play and mate Black

2091

Cubert v Flasche, 1957

Solution

It is fairly “obvious” that “something” has to land on f6, or maybe instead 1 Bh6: so 1 Nf6, 1 Rf6, or 1 Bh6?

Last first: 1 Bh6? is poor: 1…Bc8 first, or even 1…gh, and later Rg6 defends.

Next, 1 Nf6+, forcing 1…Bf6 2 Rf6: White is better (Komodo 10 says a pawn up) after 2…Rh8 3 Qf5+ and 4 Rd6.

But best 1 Rf6!. If 1…Rh8 2 Ng7!; if (what I thought was tougher, but it isn’t) 1…Qf8, 2 Ng7! Qg7 3 Rh6+ 1-0

FEN

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