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Daily Chess Puzzle

August 30, 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

Markland Peter Richard - Klundt Klaus (12...0-0)

Peter Markland v Klaus Klundt, Madrid 16th March 1971


The first move is automatic, and the second move needs some calculation.

First, 1 Rb3 Qa5

2 Bh7+ Kh7[] 3 Ng5+ Kg6, the only testing move. If 3…Kg8 4 Qh5 Qf5 5 Rh3 wins.

Markland Peter Richard - Klundt Klaus (15...Kg6)

I’ll give the remaining moves tomorrow, as a further puzzle.



r1b2rk1/pp3ppp/2nbp3/8/3P4/2qB1N2/P4PPP/1RBQ1RK1 w – – 0 13

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