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Daily Chess Puzzle

February 19, 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: how to meet 1…Bf4, as played in the game?

Paravyan David - Golubov Saveliy (23.g4)


Paravyan D v Golubov S, St Petersburg Korchnoi Memorial op 20/8/2018


1…Bf4 2 Qc7!!

Paravyan David - Golubov Saveliy (24.Qc7)

If 2…Bc7 then 3 g5 smothered mate; if 2…Be6 then 3 Qf4+; so 2…Bh6 was played, met with by 3 Qe5+ Kg5[]

Paravyan David - Golubov Saveliy (25...Kg5)

4 Rg3! or 4 h4+ and mates.

White, David Paravyan, is the winner of the recent Gibraltar 2020 tournament.


r4r2/pp3p2/5kpB/3p1b2/q2P1bP1/1R6/P1Q2P1P/4R1K1 w – – 0 24

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