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Daily chess puzzle: Check Mate #463

October 13, 2017

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

-try to solve the puzzle, but also try to ‘cook’ it. There is a partial cook.

Terentiev v Radzenko, Sochi 1979


Like yesterday’s puzzle, a rook move interferes with Black’s pieces coordination. 1 Rd6! disconnects Black’s Qb6 from his Nf6. After 1…ed[] 2 Nf6+ Kg7

3 Neg4! and Black’s defences are breached. 

Partial cook
However, my engine sees it differently. 1…Qb2!, after which its assessment is only +1.2. Its main line is 2 Nf6+ ef 3 Nd7 Rfd8

You then quickly get into the land of computer moves. 4 Rd2! Rd7! 5 Rd7! Nc3 6 Qc4 Ne2+! 7 Kh1[] Qa2! and Black is fighting. Certainly, I wouldn’t be confident of winning the position after 1…Qb2 if playing White vs Carlsen. 

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