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March 23, 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

e1

W Evans v Karaklajic, Bognor Regis 1962

Solution

Examine all biffs 1..Qg5+ 2 Qg5 Bg5+ 3 Kg5? h4 and mate next move.

e2.JPG

If White doesn’t play 2 Qg5 or 3 Kg5, then Black has won a pawn, and will slowly win.

FEN

3b3r/pp2q1k1/6p1/3p1pPp/2pPrP1K/P1P1P3/1P1BR3/4R1Q1 b – – 0 1

 

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