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Daily chess puzzle: Check Mate #214

January 25, 2017

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

 

White to play and mate Black

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Macukovic v Bodisko, Tula 1958

Solution

The first move has to be 1 Qe6+, and the only move worth considering is 1…Ke6, when 2 Bc4+ Kf5 is forced.

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Here, all you can hope is that there is a mating net, and that you haven’t the solitary escape route that might exist. In this position, there is no escape route, and the main line is 3 Nh4+ Kg4

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and now various moves win: I chose 4 g3 since if 4..Kh3 5 Be6+ mates; but 4 h3+ Kh4[] 5 Be2 is the engine’s choice, and mates one move quicker.

FEN

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