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Daily Chess Puzzle: bonfire night

November 5, 2019

Today’s problem is from the current European Team Championships.

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

Dubov Daniil - Svane Rasmus (35...Kxa3)


Daniil Dubov v Rasmus Svane, European Team Championships, Batumi, Georgia, 31st October 2019


A position for a contender for game of the year. The end of a king hunt. Very apt for bonfire night.

1 Bb3!!! []

The only move to win.

Dubov Daniil - Svane Rasmus (36.Bb3)

1…Bd7 (1…Kb3 2 Qc2+ and 3 Qa2 mate) 2 Qc1+ and mate by 3 Qc2+ and 4 Qa2.

Sportingly, Black allowed mate.

Dubov Daniil - Svane Rasmus (39.Qa2#).jpg


2br4/p1p1q1r1/1pQ5/6N1/1bBP1P2/k3P1p1/8/1K2R3 w – – 0 36

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