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Daily chess puzzle: Check Mate #331

May 23, 2017

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

 

White to play and mate Black

3311

Rossolimo v Riceman, Puerto Rico 1967

 

Solution

I flunked this one, playing 1Qe6, although this is easily winning; but 1Qg6!! mates. Strangely, though, 1 Qe6 is Komodo’s first choice, 1 Rh3 its second, and Qg6 is lower: at only +10. Black can if he wishes struggle on and avoid immediate mate against any of these moves (but is dead lost after all of them).
1…Qc2 2Rh3!! 1-0
3312

FEN

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