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Daily Chess Puzzle

June 21, 2019

Today’s problem is from one of my collection of chess cuttings. For perhaps 20 years I have been cutting articles out to read later, and rarely get round to it. The pile is (or the piles are) now embarrassingly large, so for part of the time I have available for chess I am reading through them, and will blog about interesting things or positions from them.

Where known, I will say where the cutting was from. Normally I will be able to tell this. Sometimes, though, I for example only cut out the puzzle and might not know.  I don’t know the source of today’s post: a photocopy from some book I must have read in the past.

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

Tal Mihail - Suttles Duncan (26...Qxc6).jpg

Tal v Suttles, Sukhumi 24/8/1972



1 Ba5!! and after 1…Ra5 (otherwise Black is down a pawn for nothing) 2 Rd8+ Bf8[] 3 Qd2 is a double attack.

Tal Mihail - Suttles Duncan (29.Qd2)

But does it win? I shall blog further tomorrow.


r5k1/1p3pbp/2q1p1p1/p1p1P3/n1P5/P4N1P/1P2QPP1/3RB1K1 w – – 0 27

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