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Daily chess puzzle: Check Mate #444

September 24, 2017

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

 White to play and mate Black

Vasiukov v Pribyl, Zalaegerszeg 1977 


I messed up this one. I saw the first move, 1 Nc7+!, and thought I had seen the solution with 1…Nc7[] 

2 Rd8+? Kd8[] 3 Qf8+ Ne8? 4 Qe7 mate. However, 3…Kd7 is better, after say 4 Re7+ Kc6 the engine says it is +4, but, when I tried to play the line out against the machine, it quickly turned sour. Some precise moves were needed, else Black unscrambles and is then better.

However, 2 Re7+! just mates. After 2…Ke7[] 3 Qf6+ Ke8[] 4 Rd8 mate,


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One Comment
  1. I reached mate via another sequence: Nc7+ then Bf7 Kf7 Rf1+ now Ke8 mate in one. so Ke6 and now Rf6+!! if ef Qf6 instant mate, and if Ke5 Rf8+ note the rook now is “on the other side” of the board… Ke4, Rf4+ Ke3 and Qe5 followed by mate next move.

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