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Daily Chess Puzzle

December 16, 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

Maze Sebastien - Jessel Stephen (30...Rg7)

Maze v Jessel, Baku Olympiad 3/9/2016



1 Bg6! and Black breaks.

If 1…fg 2 Re6+ Kd7 3 Ra6

Maze Sebastien - Jessel Stephen (33.Rxa6)

If 3..Kc8 then 4 Rf8+ Kb7 5 Rfa8 and wins.

Or, 1…Rg6 then 2 Rf7+ Kd8 3 Rf8+ Kc7[] 4 R1f7+ Kb6[] 5 Rb8+ and mates.


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