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Daily chess puzzle: Check Mate #440

September 20, 2017

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


Jones v Horner, Seul 1977
Solution
A nice one today. And a special one for any chess player in NW England, especially those like me who have known and liked Jeff Horner (in my case, for all my chess life).

Jeffs game

When I saw this position, I saw “Horner” and instantly think “Jeff”; and also see “Jones” and think “another British name”; but when I see “Seul” I think “Seoul, Korea” and don’t think of Jeff. So I contacted Jeff, and whilst he doesn’t recall the game, thinks it must be his game vs Brian Jones; he and Brian both played in a tournament in Sale, near Manchester, in 1977.

Jeff

IM Jeff Horner, one of the finest NW players of my lifetime

So, with a fair degree of confidence, I think this position is from Brian Jones v Jeff Horner, Sale, Manchester, 1977.

Now to enjoy Jeff’s finishing moves:
1…. Ne3+! 2fe (2Ke1 Qd2 mate) 2…Qa6+!


3 Qd3! Rc5! 0-1.


FEN
2r3k1/6b1/3qp1Qp/2Nn4/1P6/4PP2/r4P2/2R2KR1 b – – 0 1

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