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December 13, 2019

Today’s problem is from an old edition of Chess Magazine. I don’t know which one, because, as is my habit, from time to time I photocopy a page to solve on walks or on trains etc; and my copy doesn’t show the magazine date.

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 : what is the winning method?

Maiorov Nikita - Atalik Suat (52.Be8)

 

Maiorov v Atalik, Kavala 2/8/2011 (variation)

Solution

Yesterday I reached this position, when I wondered if the ending was truly won. I played a few moves on against the engine, reaching:

Maiorov Nikita - Atalik Suat (55.h5)

Not seeing how to advance the h-pawn without losing it. I shuffled around again until reaching:

Maiorov Nikita - Atalik Suat (56...Ba4).jpg

Now Bc6!! and the bishop is overloaded, and the Black king is too far advanced in order to help control the h-pawn 1-0. (or h6, too wins: for some reason I saw the fancy Bc6 first).

I imagine there are other winning methods, too.

FEN

4B3/8/2p5/1bPp4/3P1k1P/5P2/5K2/8 b – – 0 52

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