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Daily chess puzzle: Check Mate #229

February 9, 2017

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


White to play and mate Black


Spassky v Bronstein, Leningrad 1960


The first moves are obvious: the range of possibilities is too great for me to analyse in my head, but intuitively White’s attack must be very strong: and analysing, it is: White is winning after 1 Nf7 ef+ 2 Rf1


The first one is 2…Kf7; then  3 Ne5+ Kg8 and now now 4 Bb3+? Be6 5 Rf8+ Bf8 0-1 but 4 Qh7+!! Nh7 5 Bb3+ and mates.


Next, 2..Qd5 or 2…Qd7. White plays Bb3, Nf-e5, and overwhelms. Megabase gives lots of variations in its deep analysis of this game.

Finally, the move played in the game, 2…Bf5. 3 Qf5 and White is winning, but precisely how depends on Black’s defence: but he keeps Qs on, plays Bb3 and Nf3-e5, and something nasty happens. As mentioned, the game is in Megabase with detailed analysis.


r1bqrnk1/ppp1bpp1/3N3p/2P5/3P4/3Q1N2/PPB1p1PP/R4RK1 w – – 0 1



One nice thing about the present puzzle, is that the time period is “decades ago”, including “the decade or two before I started playing”, so a lot of the puzzles are new to me. Also, looking up such games on Megabase sometimes finds interesting things. For instance, here is the record of these two great players. +3 to Boris.



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