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Daily Chess Puzzle

October 23, 2019

Today’s problem is from one of my recent games


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

Lee Daniel - Beardsworth Allan (21.Kxg2 ).jpg


D Lee v A Beardsworth, Stockport v Chorlton, October 2019


Fortunately I found 1….Bh3+ with a winning attack: the first move of the Bc8, sacrifcing itself to bring White’s King out.

2 Kh3 Qd7+ 3 Kh2 Rf3 4 Rh1 and now to my eternal shame,  played 4….Qh3+??: I had seen from afar, a few moves before the diagram position, that the Nc4 was LPDO and liable to be hit by my Q on h4 of g4: stupidly, I played the whole combination instantly. After 4…Qh3+, Daniel was able to hold the draw.

Lee Daniel - Beardsworth Allan (26...Rxh1#).jpg

I think this miss will haunt my for life. It is not that often I sacrifice.


r1bq1rk1/4b1np/p2p3B/2pPp2P/2N5/2N4P/PP1Q1PK1/R4R2 b – – 0 21

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