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Daily Chess Puzzle

May 14, 2019

Today’s problem is from an old edition of Chess magazine. Not sure which one: I photocopied the page, to take on walks, and the date isn’t on the sheet.

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

McClement A - Giroyan G (28.Qe4)

McClement v Giroyan,  Albena 12/9/11


1..Bb6! overloads White’s pieces. After 2 Rf8+ Kf8, if 3 Qc6 Bd4+ 4 Kf1 Bc6 Black is winning:

McClement A - Giroyan G (31...Bxc6)

Though I suspect White has at least some survival chances in practice.

In the game, White played 3 Bf2, and after 3…Bf2+ 4 Kf2 Qb6+ 5 Qe3[] Qb2+

McClement A - Giroyan G (32...Qb2+)

it is game over.


1R1b1rk1/1b3p1p/2qpp1p1/8/3BQP2/P2P4/6PP/R5K1 b – – 0 28

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