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April 4, 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

r1

AN Other v Rossolimo, Paris 1957

Solution

1…Rd1! exploiting the fact that the Rb1 is tied to defending the Qb2, and the Rf1 is tied to defending f2.

2 Qb5 Bf2+! exploiting the fact that the Rf1 is pinned to the K by the Rd1. 3 Kh1 Rh8 mate.

r2

Not too hard, but pretty.

FEN

k4r2/bp4p1/3p4/Pq1B4/3rP3/6P1/1QP2PP1/1R3RK1 b – – 0 1

 

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