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Daily Chess Puzzle

July 9, 2019

Today’s problem is from the June 1979 Chess magazine. I have hundreds (many hundreds) of magazines on my book shelves, and I thought I would dip into them; and thought I would start with going forty years back.


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: how should White have played?


Lemachko v Caldwell, Hyeres April 1979



White could have won by 1 b6! (or 1 Kg2 or even 2 Kh2, wins, too)

1…a4 2 c6 a3 3 cb a2 4 b8(Q) a1(Q)


5 Kg2 (best, defending the f2 pawn) Qd4


And my engine says it is mate in 33; but what matters is 6 Qd6+ Ke8 7 e6 and the Queen has sight of important squares around the White’s king, such as g3, so the checks can be shielded: and pawns pushed.



8/1p2k3/8/pPPpPp2/3P4/8/5P2/7K w – – 0 1


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