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April 28, 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: evaluate 1 Nf5+ Kh7

p1

 

Padevski v Kolarov, Sofia 1955

 

Solution

Again, 1…Rh7? is a blunder. 2 Ra8! and if 2….Rc8 3 Rc8 Qc8[] then 4 Qh3+ Kg8[] and the same N fork.

p3

 

FEN

3q3r/1pr2pk1/6p1/R2p4/3P2Q1/2n1N3/5PPP/R5K1 w – – 0 1

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