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Daily chess puzzle: Check Mate #324

May 16, 2017

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

 

White to play and win

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Pelitov v Zonov, Bugarska 1966

 

Solution

Which opening? I presume this was from the Alekhin’s four pawns attack: I wonder if I am right, but the “shape” makes this my guess.

Anyway, either the prosaic 1 Rf3 or prettier 1Bg6! wins: after the latter, played in the game, 1…Qf1+ and 2…Bg6, and White wins slowly but probably surely. (Though if I were playing Carlsen, I wouldn’t be convinced I could beat him as White from here).

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Not the best of puzzles today.

FEN

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