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Daily Chess Puzzle

June 22, 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.


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 after Black here plays 1…Qc7, defending the Ra5

Tal Mihail - Suttles Duncan (29.Qd2)

Tal v Suttles, Sukhumi 24/8/1972



Tal’s 1 Ba5 (see yesterday’s blog) was speculative, or needed deep vision, since 1…Qc7 seems to hold things together. After 2 Re8 Kg7 (to remove the pin) 3 Qg5 was played.

Tal Mihail - Suttles Duncan (31.Qg5)

Black is in such a bind that White is winning.

I will continue to blog about this game in the coming days.


3R1bk1/1p3p1p/2q1p1p1/r1p1P3/n1P5/P4N1P/1P1Q1PP1/6K1 b – – 0 29

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