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Daily chess puzzle

January 29, 2019

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: examine 1..Rc5, as played in the game


Ott v Bozdoghina, 1962


1…Rc5?? loses: 2 Re4 and after rooks are exchanged, the Rc5 is trapped.



4r1k1/p6p/2p5/2N1r1p1/1PP1p1P1/4Rp2/P4PbK/4R3 b – – 0 1



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