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Daily Chess Puzzle: Moscow edition

July 21, 2018
Today my wife Jane and I are in Moscow (this blog is written in advance, before we fly to Russia): fulfilling a life long ambition of mine to visit Russia. We are spending 3 days in Moscow, before travelling to St. Petersburg for a further 3 nights. I hope to play at least one game of chess, likely blitz, whilst in the home of chess.
Today I will post a game from an English victory in Moscow. Today’s is a sparkling game by England’s No 1, Mickey Adams.
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
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Adans v Akopian, Moscow 2004
Solution
1 Bb7! Bb7[] 2 Rd7+ Kf6 3 f4!
Pos52
Mickey’s 1 Bb7! only works because this is a double attack: mate on f7 is threatened, so the LPDO Bb7 drops off.
A few moves later this position was reached:
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Mickey wrapped the game up in a few more moves.
FEN
r1b4r/1p2kp2/p3p2p/2b1N1p1/8/2P2BP1/PP3PP1/3RK2R w K – 0 17
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