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Daily Chess Puzzle: 50 years ago, today

September 4, 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

Sanner Michel - Saint Bonnet Guy (23...Re8 )

Sanner M v G St Bonnet, Pau 4th Sept 1969



1 Qf6! and wins: the Pe7 is pinned to the LPDO Re8, so Black is mated or loses his queen,

Sanner Michel - Saint Bonnet Guy (24.Qxf6 )


2R1r1k1/pp2pr1p/4QnpB/8/3q4/8/P4PPP/4R1K1 w – – 0 24

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One Comment
  1. andy permalink

    why does pin matter? ef6: Rce8:+ wins

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