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February 13, 2018

Today’s problem is from the recently concluded Gibraltar chess congress, which I enjoyed watching from home: but I thoroughly intend to visit again, as I once managed to do to spectate some years ago. Stuart Conquest and his team run a thoroughly top-notch tournament.

Since the start of 2018, I have decided to adopt the style of only saying which side is to play: and not giving an idea if the move wins or otherwise, unless on occasion I think signposting would be helpful. Instead, the problems are posed with the instruction to decide what you would play, as in a game.

 

Black to play

s1

Saric v Swapnil, Gibraltar 26/1/18

Solution

Black missed the winning move, and lost in a few moves after 1…d2? 2 Be2.

But by 1…Be1! the tables would have been turned: 2 Ne1 d2 is a winning double attack (on e1 and d1(Q)).

s2

FEN

6k1/q2n1p1p/3Q2p1/3P4/4P3/2bp1NPP/5PK1/5B2 b – – 0 35

 

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