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Daily Chess Puzzle

June 23, 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.


Black to play: evaluate 1…h6

Tal Mihail - Suttles Duncan (31.Qg5)

Tal v Suttles, Sukhumi 24/8/1972


1…h6 would have been met by 2 Qf6+ Kg8 (Black’s king is tied to the Bf8) 3 Nh4! and Black can’t prevent or prepare for 4 Ng6! 1-0

Tal Mihail - Suttles Duncan (33.Nh4!)


4Rb2/1pq2pkp/4p1p1/r1p1P1Q1/n1P5/P4N1P/1P3PP1/6K1 b – – 0 31


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