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Daily Chess Puzzle

September 15, 2019

Today’s problem is a position from the recent Sinquefield Cup: I’ve given the position, since it compares very similarly wiht Lundin v Smyslov, posted recently.


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

Vachier Lagrave Maxime - Carlsen Magnus (17.Qg3)

Vachier-Lagrave v Carlsen, Saint Louise 28/8/19



1…Kh8!, showing the same imagination as Smyslov, anticipating the opening the g-file. It happened after 2 f4 gf 3 Bf4 Rg8, and Magnus won in style.

Vachier Lagrave Maxime - Carlsen Magnus (19...Rg8)




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