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November 1, 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: examine 1 Nh4 Ne4+ 2 Ke3  f2 3 Nf3 Kg3 4 Resigns, 0-1, as occurred in the game

Pos190

O’Sullivan v Walsh, Leinster 1952

Solution

1 Nh4?? ( 1 Ne3+)

1..Ne4+?? (1… Nd3+ -+)

2 Ke3[] f2

3 Nf3!

Pos191

3… Kg3

4 Resigns??

White still has a draw: 4 Ke2, maybe with the idea if needed of Ne1-d3-f2; or with the idea of Kf1 Kf3 statemate.

FEN

8/8/8/2n2N2/6kp/5p2/5K2/8 w – – 0 1

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