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Daily Chess Puzzle

February 9, 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

Yang Darwin - Kiewra Keaton F (17...Bb4)


D Yang v K Kiewra, Los Angeles 21/12/2012


Since it is a puzzle, 1 Re6! is the first move to be thought of, and, sure enough, it wins.

After 1…Re6 2 Nd5 Nc6 3 Qg4

Yang Darwin - Kiewra Keaton F (20.Qg4).jpg

White is winning; Black has several defences, non sufficient. In some lines, the LPDO Qd7 is the end point of tactics; other times, Nf6+ is a discovered check and mate.



rn2r1k1/pb1q2p1/1p2ppNp/3n4/1bBP3B/2N2Q2/PP3PPP/R3R1K1 w – – 0 18

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