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Daily chess puzzle

July 31, 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

Kimelfeld v Luchinkin, Moscow 1979


1 Qh6! is simple enough.

1…Ne8 2 Rg7+! Ng7[] 3 Rg1 and mates.

Back In 1979, when I was just seventeen, I wrote in the margin of the magazine ‘busted’ because the game continuation is a much longer, 10 move, finale commencing 1 Rg7. And on the answers page, again forty years ago I wrote the simpler solution, in now the faintest of pencil.


r1b2rk1/pp1n1pp1/2p2n1p/2q1p3/4P2B/1B2QN2/PPP2P1P/2KR2R1 w – – 0 1

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