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Daily Chess Puzzle

January 8, 2020

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

Yeo Michael J - Gayson Peter (20...Bd6)


M Yeo v P Gayson, Hinckley, 5/5/2013


1 Bc7! is hard, but nice to find; if 1…Bc7 then 2 Ne7+ Kd8[] 3 Nc6+ and 4 Rd7 mate, so Black ‘grovelled’ with 1…Qc7.

Yeo Michael J - Gayson Peter (21.Bc7)

A few moves later:

Yeo Michael J - Gayson Peter (23.Rhd1)

The game went on for another 26 moves, but the result was never really in doubt.


1qk2r1r/1p1n1pp1/pBbb3p/3NpQ2/4P1P1/7P/PPPR2B1/1K5R w – – 0 21

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