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Daily Chess Puzzle

December 27, 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

Jobava Baadur - Ponomariov Ruslan (16...Be6 !)


Jobava v Ponomariov, Baku Olympiad 10/9/2016


This one took me a while to solve- half an hour, almost gave up, before the light bulb moment struck: 1 Bh6! gh 2 Qh6

Jobava Baadur - Ponomariov Ruslan (18.Qxh6)

2..Rc3 3 Qg5+! Kf8 4 Qf6

Jobava Baadur - Ponomariov Ruslan (20.Qxf6)

and the threat of Bf5 (which at first sight looks at the jump-biff to the LPDO Qb6, but is more aimed at the Be6 being tied to defending f7) wins.

Black had a better defence: 1 Bh6 Nh5! 2 Qg5! Nc6 and the game still has to be won.

Jobava Baadur - Ponomariov Ruslan (18...Nc6).jpg

3 Re6 fe[] 4 Be2 and yes, White is better, but would I beat Magnus Carlsen from here? Not sure I would.


r1r3k1/4Rppp/pq2bn2/np1p1p2/3P1B2/P1NB3P/1PPQ1PP1/3R2K1 w – – 0 17

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