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March 20, 2018

Today’s problem is from the 1972 book “Chess Combination as a Fine Art”, a book based on articles published in the 1950s-1960s by Kurt Richter.

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

Seyandinov v Zakhov, USSR 1960

Solution

A nice initial move, 1…d3! whose purpose is to gain a tempo. 2 Qd3[] Re3 and the rooks double on the e file with gain of time.

s2

Black wins the Bishop, and his pieces dominate. The game finished 3 Qd1 Rf38 4 O-O Re2 5 Qb3 Be3! 6 Nc2 Bf2+ 0-1.

 

FEN

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