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Daily chess puzzle: Check Mate #430

September 10, 2017

Another puzzle from Dragoslav Andric’s 1981 book “Matni Udar”.  
White to play and mate Black


Mosionzik v Dementiev, USSR 1976. 
Solution 
The obvious moves are 1 Rh7+ and 2 Rch2: and indeed they win, mate in 10: by Black prolonging things by giving his pieces away. 


So, that’s the solution, but I was surprised when checking the book to see 1 Qg1!! (the book’s exclams): alas, Black isn’t forced to take, and after 1…Kf8! it is level after 2 Rc5 dc 3 Rh7 due to 3…Ra3+ and perpetual. Or if 3 Qc5 h5 and the game goes on.
FEN 

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