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Daily Chess Puzzle

August 25, 2019

Today’s problem is from the C.H.O’D. Alexander’s 1973 book”The Penguin Book of Chess Positions”, a book I devoured (and loved) as a child.

I thought I would use it for more of my daily training.


As is my custom, I only say 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

Boleslavsky Isaak - Dzindzichashvili Roman (21...Rc7)

Boleslavsky v Dzindzichashvili, Sovient Union 1967



1 Rd8+! works because of various N forks.

1…Kd8[] 2 Nf7+ Kd7 (otherwise, 3 Nd6+ forking) 3 Qg4+

Boleslavsky Isaak - Dzindzichashvili Roman (24.Qg4+)

3…Kc6 (else, forks again) 4 Qe6+ 1-0.

If 4…Kc5[] 5 Qd6+ Kc4[] 6 Ne5 is mate.



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