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Daily Chess Puzzle

May 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

evaluate 1 f6 Rg2+ 2 Rg2 Bc3

3

Lundholm v Aurell, Stockholm 1957

Solution

This was hard for my to visualise. Too many pieces en pris, centralised, LPDO…but I got there, more or less.

1 f6 Rg2+ 2 Rg2[] Bc3:

4

3 Qh7+!! Kh7 4 Rg7+ Kh6[] (4…Kh8 5 Ng6 mate)

5

and now it is perpetual by repeated rook checks.

FEN

3r3k/1p4rp/2p5/p2bNP2/Pq1bQP2/2N4P/1P1R2RK/8 w – – 0 1

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