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April 9, 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.

White to play

s1

Szabo v Nikitin, corres 1964

 

Solution

Strangely, since it is a correspondence game, I had seen this before: don’t know where; likely in a puzzle book or magazine. Fortunately, I remembered the solution.

1 Rh7+! Qh7[] 2 f7! : the trick.

s2

The Queen is pinned to the Qh1 and devastation follows.

Oddly, my engine gives 1 Be2 and 2 Rh7+ as better than 1 Rh7+: better in the sense +13 cf +12

 

FEN

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