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August 20, 2018

Daily Chess Puzzle

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

Unknown players, England, 1962

Solution

1 Qg5+ is a move that has to be tried, and does indeed win. 1…Bf6[] 2 hg+ Kh5[]

3 Rh8![] (when solving this puzzle, I got it wrong, playing 3 Rg7 with the same idea, but 3…Qc8+ refutes it).

It is mate either by 4 g4 or 4 Rh7, unless Black desperadoes his Queen.

FEN

6R1/5p1p/5bpk/8/5PQP/1pq3PK/8/8 w – – 0 1

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