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Daily chess puzzle

August 24, 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.

Black to play after White now plays 1 Qe3: how to finish off?

Britton Richard - Shamkovich Leonid Alexandrovic (33...Qd4)

Britton v Shamkovich Lloyds Bank Open London 1978


[1 Qe3] 1…Rf1+! takes the feet off White’s Queen: the rook can’t be captured, else 2 …Qe4.

2 Kh2 (2…Kg2? Qb2+ wins the house) 2…Qb1+ 3 Bg2 and 3…Rf2 (or 3…a5) and White is trussed up, and the win is easy.

Britton Richard - Shamkovich Leonid Alexandrovic (37...Bf1)

White resigned a few moves later.



6k1/p4p2/1p1p2pQ/1b1P4/3qP3/6PP/5r2/4R1KB w – – 0 34

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