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Daily Chess Puzzle

April 1, 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.

Black to play

Larsen Bent - Schmidt Wlodzimierz (31.Rd3)

Larsen v Schmid, Aarhus 8/9/1971

Solution

1…Nf1!!

Larsen Bent - Schmidt Wlodzimierz (31...Nf1)

The game isn’t over, and Bent played on with 2 Rd4 Bg2; but Nf1! is spectacular; if 2 Kf1 Bg2+ 3 Ke1[] Bf2 mate.

Chessbase’s auto-analysis isn’t a fan of Bent’s Bird’s Opening:

Capture

FEN

6k1/p4p1p/6p1/NB1b4/P2p4/3Rb3/1Prn2PP/3RK3 b – – 0 31

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