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Daily Chess Puzzle

March 19, 2020

Today’s problem is from the Octoer 1979 edition of Chess Magazine. I’ve gone back down memory lane, and enjoyed reading about the then stars, and future ones such as Short and Kasparov.

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.


Black to play

Watson William N - Hillyard Graham D (27.Bg3)


William Watson v Graham Hillyard, Lloyds Bank Open 1979


1…Rh2 is the obvious move, only obvious because it is a puzzle position. White resigned after 2 cb+ Kb7 3 Qc3 Qh5.

Watson William N - Hillyard Graham D (29...Qh5)



2kr3r/1p3p2/pPP1pp2/3q4/3P1b2/P4PB1/1Q3P1P/R4RK1 b – – 0 27

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