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Daily Chess Puzzle

December 31, 2018

Today’s problem is from the recently published AlphaZero v Stockfish match.

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

AlphaZero - Stockfish (29...Qf8)

AlphaZero v Stockfish

Solution

1 d5!!

AlphaZero - Stockfish (30.d5)

1…ed 2 Bd3!!

AlphaZero - Stockfish (31.Bd3)

AlphaZero shows his preference for mobility over material. The opening of the long diagonal, where White’s bishop is unopposed, is worth more than a pawn.

The whole game is beautiful, and has been annotated by several players, e.g. on YouTube.

I have added the game score onto my ChessBase Cloud Database.

And an animated gif is here:

AlphaZero Stockfish.gif

FEN

r1b2qk1/1pp3rp/4pnp1/1PP5/p2PBp2/P7/1BQ2P2/K1R1R3 w – – 0 30

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