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Daily Chess Puzzle

June 18, 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

4

Huguet v Simonovic, Paris 1963

Solution

1 Nd5!! and if 1…ed 2 Bf6 and mates in a few moves: Qh7+, Qh8+.

Black’s only try is 1…Qd5[] 2 ed Ne5 3 Bf6 Ng6 4 Be7 Ne7 but after 5 Qd6 it is a mop-up.

5

FEN

2r2rk1/4b1p1/p2ppnP1/q5B1/1pn1P3/2N5/PPP4Q/2KR4 w – – 0 4

 

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