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August 27, 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.

Black to play

Pos112

Wheeler v Hall, England 1964

Solution

A classic; which I have seen before, but for some reason isn’t in Megabase or Chessgames.com.

1..Rc1+!! ( or 1…Ra3+!)  2 Qc1 Ra3+!

Pos113

3 Kb1 Ra1+! 4 Ka1[] Qa8+

Pos114

5 Kb1 Qa2 mate.

I am sure Mr Hall went home smiling that evening; and Mr Wheeler, too, probably.

FEN

r5k1/5pbp/2rp2p1/8/3N1PP1/Pp6/1P1Q2qP/K2R3R b – – 0 1

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