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Daily Chess Puzzle

February 15, 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

Mamedyarov Shakhriyar - Karjakin Sergey (21...Bg3)

 

Mamedyarov v Karjakin, Saint Louis blitz 15/8/2018

Solution

1 Nh6+! has to be tried.

Mamedyarov Shakhriyar - Karjakin Sergey (22...Kh8).jpg

If 1…Kh8, then what?

Only one move wins.

Solution

2 Bg7+! either enabling a knight fork after 2…Kg7 3 Nf5+, after which the Bg3 is captured, or if 2…Ng7, the Bg3 can again be captured.

Mamedyarov Shakhriyar - Karjakin Sergey (23.Bxg7+)

 

FEN

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