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Daily Chess Puzzle

May 25, 2019

Today’s problem is from the current TCEC final between Stockfish and LeelaZero.

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: find the next few ideas to pursue the attack

Stockfish - LeelaZero (21...Qa6)

Stockfish v LeelaZero 19/5/19

Solution

I suspect it is humanly impossible to see through Stockfish’s creation: he powers through in a way in which I am sure will be the subject of videos on YouTube.

1 h6! Nh6 2 Bf6!!

Stockfish - LeelaZero (23.Bf6)

The game continued 2…gf 3 ef Rg8 4 Ng5!

Stockfish - LeelaZero (25.Ng5)

Does Stockfish have sufficient for the piece? It turns out he did. Only a great deal of analysis would enable me to prove this, but the weakness on the black squares proved to be Black’s undoing- in fine style.

Black had to give material- his queen back- to survive into a lost ending.

Stockfish

FEN

r5nk/p2b2pp/q1n1p3/3pPpBP/2pP4/2P2NQ1/2P1BPP1/1R4K1 w – – 0 22

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