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Daily Chess Puzzle

April 15, 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 : White played 1 d7, met by 1…Ng6. what follows?


Hatjun v Ciric, Budapest 1957


The first few moves are easy, and since the line is forcing, it is not too hard to go quite deep, at which stage ‘the point’ needs to be found.

1 Rg6! Rg6[] 2 Qg6! Rg6[] 3 Rc8+ Rg8[] 4 Rb8 Rb8[]. All forced.


5 Nd6!

5..Kg7! (5..Rd8?? 6 Nf7+ forking)


6 Nb7![] and not 6 Nc8?? Rc1+ and 7 Rd1 0-1.



1q4rk/6r1/2RP3p/1NR3p1/p3Qn2/P6P/6P1/6K1 w – – 0 1

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