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Daily chess puzzle: Check Mate #400

August 9, 2017

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

Black to play and mate White

4001

Solution

A miffed this one, choosing what I thought was the convincing 1..Re2??, seeing that most captures won for Black, but missing that 2 Ne2! wins: 2…Qh3+ 3 Kg1[] Qf3 is met by 4 Nf4, and the game is over (I also missed that 2 Ba8 is equal).

Alas, 1…Re3!! is the lovely winning move, and White resigned.

4002

If 2 fe Nh3 and mate.

4003

I fear that I could very well have played 1…Re2 in a game, expecting plaudits and praise, and then being devastated: chess can be a cruel game.

Finally, Komodo says that the rook life 1…Re5 is also winning.

FEN

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