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Daily chess puzzle: Check Mate #412

August 23, 2017

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

 

White to play and mate Black

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Meyer v Freyer, correspondence 1975

 

Solution

The first moves are obvious, the only question is what to play after them: 1 Rh8+! Kh8[] 2 Qf8+ Ng8 (2…Rg8? 3 Qh6mate or 3 Rh1mate).

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3 Bg6! seals the win. If 3…Rg6 4 Rh1+ mates. Black can grovel with 3…Rh7! 4 Bh7 Nc6! but then White is an exchange and pawn up, and has the compensation too.

FEN

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