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Daily Chess Puzzle: Alphazero moment

June 6, 2019

Today’s problem is from a blitz game of mine, where  I played the QGD in the way show by Matthew Sadler and Natasha Regan in their excellent book Game Changer.

Namely: advance the h pawn, advance the g-pawn, create threats to counter White’s play on the q-side; and, hopefully, mate.


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

blazingbanana - allanbeardsworth (41.Rd7)

“blazing banana” vs Allan Beardsworth, 3-0, 18/5/19


1…Qb1+ 2 Kh2[] Nd2 3 Qd5 Nf1+ 4 Kg1 Ng3+ 5 Kh2 Qh1 mate.

blazingbanana - allanbeardsworth (45...Qh1#)

The pawn on h4 did its job, protecting the Ng3.


8/3R1prk/2Q5/p1Np1qp1/P1nP3p/4P2P/5PP1/6K1 b – – 0 41


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  1. Angus French permalink

    The solution states 1… Qh2+ but presumably it should be 1… Qb1+.

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