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Daily Chess Puzzle

May 29, 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, after Black plays Qa3 in this position:


Westerinen v Loikkanen, Helsinki 1963



Qa3?? is a blunder, losing quite prettily to

1 Qf8+! Kf8[] 2 Rd8+ Ke7[] 3 Re8 mate.



5rk1/5ppp/p1B5/2Q1Pb2/qr6/8/1PP3PP/1K1R3R b – – 0 1

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