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August 18, 2019

Today’s problem is from the August 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

Wicker Kevin J - Franklin Michael J (25...Bxh4)

Wicker v Frankin, Lloyds Bank Open London 1978

Solution

1 Qg6 (or 1 Qe3) both win: 1…Qd5+ 2 Ne4.

White’s 1 e7 is still good, but maybe less strong. 1…Qd5+ 2 Nf3 Bg3 3 ef(Q)+ Kf8 4 Kg3

Wicker Kevin J - Franklin Michael J (29.Kxg3)

Less strong, thought White is winning easily enough.

FEN

3q1rkr/p5p1/4P1pp/1p1P4/2pP3b/2P3QB/PP1N2K1/R6R w – – 0 26

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