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July 3, 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 played 1 Nd5: analyse

Zabalete v de Vicente, Madrid 1958

Solution

1 Nd5 leads to a very strong position for Black, winning by force in the main line.

1…Nd5 2 Qd3 Nf4 3 Qc2 Rd2!

4 Qd2 Qg5 with a double attack. Mate on g2 is threatened, and also Nh3+ discovering on the LPDO Qd2.

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