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Daily Chess Puzzle

February 6, 2019

Today’s problem is live blogged whist watching the last round of the Gibraltar Masters. The post is published days in arrears.

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


So v Deac, Gibraltar 31/1/119



Wesley played 1 Rf4 and, at the time of writing, move 47, looks well on the way to victory.

But Alphazero would I suspect go 1 d5 (one of the games of “his” I have seen vs Stockfish has just this motif, d4-d5 to open the diagonal for the black squared bishop) and after 1…ed 2 Bg7!


Then if 2…Kg7 3 Rg4+ and White wins the Black Queen either by 3…Qg6 4 Rg6+ or 3…K-f file 4 Rf4+ (or there might even be better moves like a Q check).


I wonder if we will all ‘up our game’ and learn from Alphazero? My copy of Sadler’s and Regan’s Game Changer book arrived today, and I am looking forward to devouring it.


1r2r1k1/6p1/1pb1p3/8/2PPqp1R/2B5/5PPQ/5BK1 w – – 0 43

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