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Daily chess puzzle: Check Mate #468

October 18, 2017

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


Popov v Novopašin, Bosnia and Herzegovina 1979
Solution 
After yesterday’s (and the day before’) interesting puzzle, and easier day today. 
1 Qh6+! :

and after 1…Kh6, 2 Rh8 mate; 


or 1…gh, 2 Rb7+ and mates.


 Two nice variations, but not hard. 

The motif is very similar to the finale of the 2016 World Championshios. Carlsen’s finish in the fourth rapidplay ended with the same move, with both h8 and 7th-rank mating ideas.



FEN 
5R2/bp4pk/2n3p1/P7/P1q3bP/6P1/3Q3K/1R6 w – – 0 1

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