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Daily chess puzzle: Check Mate #243

February 23, 2017

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

 

White to play and mate Black

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Muller v unknown, 1961

 

Solution

You know the score: how to land a blow on g8 or f7?

The obvious moves fail, but when you see 1 Qf7!!, it is immediately clear it is game over: though Black has many defences, and each need to be worked through.

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The non obvious point is “what does Qf7 threaten”? The reason I saw it was that the Rf8 is tied to the 8th rank (g8), but Q*f8 isn’t protected. The move 1 Qf7 actually threatens 2 Qd7, the Rd7 being LPDO; whilst also threatening the much more severe 2 Rg8+ or 2Qg8+.

So, the main point is 1…Rdf7 2 Rg8! Rg8[] 3 Nf7 mate.

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Black’s other main try is 1…Qg3 when simply 2 Qd7, taking the LPDO, is 1-0: Black’s Bb7 is also LPDO and falls, since Black’s Queen must defend g7.

This puzzle is a good example of the importance of LPDOs: had the Bb7 been protected, the combination wouldn’t work.

 

FEN

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