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October 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.

White to play: improve on 1 Kd8? as played in the game

Pos178

Sanguineti v Najdorf, Mar del Plata 1956

 

Solution

1` Qg8+! hits the K and the LPDO B, so 1…Bf7[]  (though maybe the win after 1…Ke7 is non trivial) 2 Qd8! (or the move I played, 2 Qc8+ 3 Qd8+ 4 Qd6 mate.

But after 2 Qd8 Black can’t avoid mate.

Pos180

FEN

5Q2/2K5/2p1kpbp/3p2p1/3Pr1P1/8/8/8 w – – 0 58

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