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Daily chess puzzle: Check Mate #309

May 1, 2017

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

 

White to play and win

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Gufeld v Gipslis, Tbilisi 1966

Solution

An unusual solution, finding it made easier by it being an only move: everything else loses.
1 Re7! and if 1…Qe7 2 Bc3 wins: Ng4+ and and Nh6 mate is a point.
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If the Queen doesn’t capture the room, White frees his king from back rank mate problems, and once untied, wins easily. The perennial threat of Rh7 mate ties the Nf8 down.

FEN

5n1k/1R5p/p4Np1/8/8/P3q2B/1P4PP/4B2K

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