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Daily chess puzzle: Check Mate #396

August 5, 2017

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

 

White to play and mate Black

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Velimirovic v Csom, Amsterdam 1974

Solution

Not too hard: 1 Bf7+! Rf7 2 Qe8+ Ne8 3 Re8+ Rf7 4 d7 is a double “attack”: d8(Q) or de(Q) follows.

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Black’s only move is 4…Qd6 when 5 Rf1 wins.

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The opening was a Sicilian, Velimirovic attack, which I studied in quite some detail as a teenager, enthralled by Velimirovic’s games. I don’t recall this game against Csom, but quite probably I did look at it some time in the 1970s.

FEN

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