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Daily Chess Puzzle

Today’s problem is from the 1972 book “Chess Combination as a Fine Art”, a book based on articles published in the 1950s-1960s by Kurt Richter.

Since the start of 2018, I have decided to adopt the style of only saying 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

Pos31

Hayden v Winser, Hastings 1947/8

 

Solution

White’s best is 1 Be3!!, seeking to force Black’s Queen to no longer control h8, so that after the R on d7 is pinned by the Qg4, Rh8+ will mate.

After 1..Qe3 2 Qg4+ Rd7 (2…Nd7 3 Ra8 mate) 3 Rh8+ and mate after a couple of irrelevant interpositions.

Pos37

And after 2 Qg4+ Qe6 3 Rf7 is the key move, reaching c7:

Pos38

FEN

1nkr4/1pp2p1R/1P6/2b3P1/3q1P2/8/1P2Q3/R1B2K2 w – – 0 1

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Daily Chess Puzzle

Today’s problem is from the 1972 book “Chess Combination as a Fine Art”, a book based on articles published in the 1950s-1960s by Kurt Richter.

Since the start of 2018, I have decided to adopt the style of only saying 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

Pos31

Hayden v Winser, Hastings 1947/8

 

Solution

Yesterday I looked at 1 Qg4, and found it somewhat wanting.

1 Qe6+!! looks likely

Pos36

But it too is wanting: 1…Rd7[] again, as yesterday, and White’s best is a perpetual: Qe8+ Rd8[] Qe6+ Rd7=

White has much better, discussed tomorrow.

FEN

1nkr4/1pp2p1R/1P6/2b3P1/3q1P2/8/1P2Q3/R1B2K2 w – – 0 1

Daily Chess Puzzle

Today’s problem is from the 1972 book “Chess Combination as a Fine Art”, a book based on articles published in the 1950s-1960s by Kurt Richter.

Since the start of 2018, I have decided to adopt the style of only saying 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

Pos31

Hayden v Samuel, Brighton 1946

Solution

The most obvious move is 1 Qg4+; then 1…Qd7??

Pos32

2 Rf7! Qg4 3 Rc7 mate.

Pos33

This is the basic idea of the position: how to get the Rh7 to c7.

But 1…Rd7! is considerably tougher, since the Q controls h7.

Pos34

2 Be3? which was my first thought, diverting the Qe3 from looking at h8, is a mistake due to 2…Qd3+! hitting the LPDO Rh7. It is unclear: the Bc5 is also LPDO, and my engine suggests White is better.

But White has better than 1 Qg4; other options tomorrow.

FEN

1nkr4/1pp2p1R/1P6/2b3P1/3q1P2/8/1P2Q3/R1B2K2 w – – 0 1

Daily Chess Puzzle

Today’s problem is from the 1972 book “Chess Combination as a Fine Art”, a book based on articles published in the 1950s-1960s by Kurt Richter.

Since the start of 2018, I have decided to adopt the style of only saying 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: White played 1 Rd5, hitting the q and two bishops: examine

Pos49

Danielsson v Blomberg, Sweden 1967

Solution

1 Rd5? is a losing mistake. 1…Rae8 or (as in the game) 1…Rfe8 wins; 2 Qf1 Qf2+! is the point.

3 Qf2 Re1 mate since the Q is pinned.

Pos50

FEN

r4rk1/pppb1ppp/8/2b1R3/3q4/2N5/PPPP1PPP/R1B1Q1K1 w – – 0 1

Daily Chess Puzzle

Today’s problem is from the 1972 book “Chess Combination as a Fine Art”, a book based on articles published in the 1950s-1960s by Kurt Richter.

Since the start of 2018, I have decided to adopt the style of only saying 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: examine 1 R1f7

Pos29

Kornfilt v Hukel, corres 1965

 

Solution

1 R1f7 and Black holds the draw after 1..Qb2+ 2 Kg1 Na3! because if 3 Rfg7?? Rc1+ mates.

Pos31

White has better: 1 R1f7 Qb2 2 Rf2+ keeps the game in play; but he has better still than 1 R1f7, as we shall see tomorrow.

 

FEN

2r1r2k/4R1pp/p7/1p6/2nqN1Q1/P5PP/1P5K/5R2 w – – 0 1

 

Daily Chess Puzzle

Today’s problem is from the 1972 book “Chess Combination as a Fine Art”, a book based on articles published in the 1950s-1960s by Kurt Richter.

Since the start of 2018, I have decided to adopt the style of only saying 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: examine 1 Qe6

Pos29

Kornfilt v Hukel, corres 1965

 

Solution

1 Qe6 Qd8!

Pos30

and Black defends, and the position is equal after 1 Re8+ Qe8[] 2 Qa6 Rd8 with enough activity to regain the b pawn.

FEN

2r1r2k/4R1pp/p7/1p6/2nqN1Q1/P5PP/1P5K/5R2 w – – 0 1

Daily Chess Puzzle

Today’s problem is from the 1972 book “Chess Combination as a Fine Art”, a book based on articles published in the 1950s-1960s by Kurt Richter.

Since the start of 2018, I have decided to adopt the style of only saying 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: evaluate 1…d5

Pos27

Gligoric v Myagmarsuren, Havana Olympiad 1966

Solution

1…d5? as played loses: 2 Qe7 Nc6 (the idea) 3 Nd5! zwischenxug and if 3…Nd5 4 Qg5! double attack wins: Black resigned here.

Pos28

FEN

r4rk1/1pqbbppp/p3pn2/3P4/PnB5/1PN2N2/1B2QPPP/R2R2K1 b – – 0 14