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Daily Chess Puzzle

June 16, 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

1

Huguet v Simonovic, Paris 1963

Solution

1 Bc4!!

1…Rc4! 2 Bf6! Ng6! is my engine’s “only moves” line.

2

It suggests White is better after 3 Be7[] bc 4 Qd6, but the whole line is fraught.

Tomorrow I shall give more comments on this problem.

FEN

2r2rk1/4b1p1/p2ppnP1/q3n1B1/1p2P3/2N5/PPPQB3/2KR3R w – – 0 1

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