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Daily Chess Puzzle

March 27, 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

Martin Julian - Lammers Markus (21...Rfd8).jpg

 

J Martin v M Lammers, Bundesliga 16/10/2016

 

Solution

A pretty one today: I found it pleasing that 1 Rcd2! is so powerful: the rook can’t be captured, because the Rd8 is tied to defending the Ra8. So 1…Rdb8 2 Bh6! and npw the Rb8 is tied to the back rank, so the queen can’t be captured.

Martin Julian - Lammers Markus (23.Bh6).jpg

 

 

FEN

r2r2k1/1Q2pp1p/6p1/p1P5/8/1P2B3/qbR2PPP/3R2K1 w – – 0 22

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