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Daily chess puzzle: Check Mate #236

February 16, 2017
Another puzzle from Dragoslav Andric’s 1981 book “Matni Udar”.
White to play and win
2361
Ludolf v Koc, Leningrad 1960.
Solution
Firstly, Megabase has the game as 1962, not 1960.
Quite pretty. It is immediately clear that White needs to get access to the a1-h8 diagonal. But how?
Examine all biffs: 1 Rd8+! is the neat solution. If 1…Kg7, then White is just a rook up after 2 Rc8. So, the rook must be captured. But 1…Rd8 2 Qc3+ and mates; 1…Qd8 2 Qe5+ and mates.
2362
FEN
2r4k/1p1R1B1p/6p1/6q1/8/P2P2PP/5P1K/2b1Q3 w – – 0 43
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