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Daily Chess Puzzle

September 3, 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

Taimanov Mark E - Petrosian Tigran V (36...Qc7)


Taimanov v Petrosian, Candidates Zurich 6th October 1953



1 Rg6+! hg  (1…Bg6 2 Qe6+ Bf7[] 3 Qf6 and Qg7 mate) 2 h7+! Kh7[] 3 Qf7+

Taimanov Mark E - Petrosian Tigran V (39.Qxf7+)

and next 4 Kf2 and the rook swings across to h1: 1-0.


r5k1/2q1Bb1p/4nQpP/p2pPp2/2pP1P2/2P3R1/6P1/1R4K1 w – – 0 37

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