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Daily chess puzzle

July 25, 2019

Today’s problem was seen in a recent newspaper or magazine (alas, I can’t remember where: I have misplaced the cutting). Since I enjoyed solving it I am sharing it on my blog.

Since the start of 2018, I have decided to adopt the style of only saying 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

Unknown players ( I couldn’t find the position in Megabase or TWIC)


1 Rd6! is the nice, little, venomous move. The reason I set the position up on my board was that I couldn’t solve the clipping when I first looked at, trying everything but 1 Rd6. But examine all biffs and the problem was solved.

From → Chess

  1. sejepps permalink

    Nice board, are they ivory pieces? Personally I’d play 1.g4 winning the Knight.

  2. sejepps permalink

    But yes I see the mate there. Following the exchange Ne6 mate. Given more time maybe… lol.

    • sejepps permalink

      Sacrificing a Rook in the Endgame is a very dicey thing to do. Not many would have seen that. Nice puzzle.

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