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February 26, 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 (not a problem to spend much time on today, for reasons in the solution)

Zamora v G Garcia, place/date unknown

Pos25

Solution

I quickly found 1…Bd4, and ‘knew’ it was the solution. And Komodo gives it as -4. But it gives -9 to 1…Ba6 and if 2 Ra6 Bc3, running amok on the Black squares.

So cooked.

Pos26

Having said the above, in the further time taken to write up the post, Komodo has given both moves as -7. Who knows what AlphaZero would assess the position as? -100%, I presume.

 

FEN

2b3k1/5pbp/Bn4p1/2q5/2p2P2/R1P1r3/5QPP/R5K1 b – – 0 1

 

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