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Daily Chess Puzzle

January 1, 2020

Today’s problem is from the Moscow WCC Rapid..

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: who won the game?

Carlsen Magnus - Savchenko Boris (47...Kxa6)

FIDE WCC Rapid Open, Moscow 26/12/2019



Perhaps I should have given the players’ names. White is Magnus Carlsen, Black is Boris Savchenko (2569).

Carlsen Magnus - Savchenko Boris (55.Kf6)

This position was reached, and Black blundered after 1…Rd7 2 Ke6 Rd4?? when 3 Rh7 is 1-0; 2…Rc7 would have drawn.


The whole game was videoed and is enjoyable to watch:


8/7p/k5p1/5p1P/4rP2/5R1K/8/8 w – – 0 48

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