Skip to content

Daily Chess Puzzle: St. Petersburg edition

July 23, 2018
Today my wife Jane and I are in St. Petersburg (this blog is written in advance, before we fly to Russia): fulfilling a life long ambition of mine to visit Russia. We have spent 3 days in Moscow, and are now in 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’s game is by the player who I identify with St. Petersburg when it was called Leningrad: Viktor Korchnoi.
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.
Black to play
Khavsky v Korchnoi, Leningrad 1950
1… Qf6!!
2 Rf6[] Re1+ 3 Kg2 Rg1+
4 Kf3[] Rf1+ 5 Kg2 Rf6
Here White’s best is 6 Qf6 and Black has much the better of an ending, but White played 6 Qe4? and got mated after 6…Re8. Black’s pieces hunted down the White Queen like a pack of wolves, aided by his black square control because of White’s locked in bishop.

Final position

3q1rk1/pp1b1pp1/5PQ1/2bBr3/2p5/3p4/PPPP3P/R1B2R1K b – – 0 22

From → Chess

Leave a Comment

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: