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Daily Chess Puzzle

March 19, 2019

Today’s problem is from the AlphaZero- 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...Ke8)

 

AlphaZero- Stockfish 6th December 2018 (variation from the game)

Solution

Matthew Sadler and Natasha Regan posed this problem when discussing this game on YouTube with KingsCrusher.
If you love chess, watch the video; and also watch any of the videos Matthew and Natasha are posting about AlphaZero; and KingsCrusher’s videos on Leela AI are also well worth watching.

 

The next move is simply beautiful, and not something I have seen before: 1 Qg6+!!!!

AlphaZero - Stockfish (30.Qg6+)

1..hg 2 Ng7+ Kf7[] 3 Be6 mate.

Beautiful!

AlphaZero - Stockfish (32.Be6#)

Black, if he/she is an engine or has no feeling, can spoil the beauty by playing 1…Rf7, when White has to settle for 2 Ng7+ Kf8 3 Qh7 when White wins the Rf7 and Bf1: 3…Bc5 4 Nf5+ Ke8[] 5 Qg8+ Kd7[] 6 Qf5+ and 7 Bf1

AlphaZero - Stockfish (35.Qxf7+)

FEN

r2qkr2/p3b1Qp/1pp2p1B/4p2N/3pP3/1P4PB/7P/5b1K w – – 0 30

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