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Daily Chess Puzzle

March 23, 2019

Today’s problem is from the March 1979 Chess magazine. I have hundreds (many hundreds) of magazines on my book shelves, and I thought I would dip into them; and thought I would start with this magazine from forty years back.

Magazine cover

As is my custom, I only say 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

Sindik Ervin - Cebalo Miso (40...Kf8)

Sindik v Cebalo, Zagreb 1978



Seeing the geometry of the placement of the two queens, or by CJS Purdy’s technique of jump-biffs, it is clear that the Bd6 is pinned; and also, the Qb6 is tied to d8, else White would play Qd8 mate. So 1 Rb4! and Black’s position falls apart: 1-0.

Sindik Ervin - Cebalo Miso (41.Rb4)


5k2/1b3pr1/pq1b1Q2/4p3/2R1P2P/8/1N6/1K3R2 w – – 0 41


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