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Daily Chess Puzzle

September 6, 2018

Today’s problem is from a recent game, the position being the puzzle from Ray Keene’s column in the Times. It took me a while to solve, and made me smile when I did, so I felt it worth sharing.

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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Korobov v Adly, Abu Dhabi 11/8/18

 

Solution

1 Rc7+! is the natural try, seeing that the Qd8 is tied to defending f8: 1…Qc7 2 Qf8 mate.

But what after 1…Kg8?  This took me a while.

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2 Ne7+! 1-0, since Black either loses the exchange, or his Bb7 is LPDO. And after 3 Rb7, it is fairly easy to see that White can untangle, after which it is a trivial win.

Nice.

FEN

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