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Daily Chess Puzzle

September 12, 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.


Black to play

Lundin Erik - Smyslov Vassily V (37.Kh1)

Lundin v Smyslov, Staunton Memorial, Groningen 7/9/1946


Smyslov played 1…Nf2+ and 2…Nh3+ , 3…Nf2+, with a draw by repetition.

Instead 1…Rf2! (or 3…Rf2!) wins.  White is overloaded.

Lundin Erik - Smyslov Vassily V (37...Rf2!-+)


7k/4p2p/2p2p2/8/1P3P2/P3Pq1n/3r2RP/2R2Q1K b – – 0 37

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