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Daily Chess Puzzle

July 26, 2019

Today’s problem is from the July 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 has been my custom on this blog for a while, I 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

van Baarle v Hodgson, Aaranson Masters, London 1979

Solution

1 Re7 is obvious, and is surprisingly strong. Black’s position collapses. If for instance 1…Ne7 then 2 de and either the pawn queens, or a rook is lost.

FEN

3r2k1/1bRrR2p/1p1P1pp1/pN1n4/P2N4/7P/1P3PP1/6K1 b – – 0 1

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