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Daily Chess Puzzle Chess magazine

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

Ansell Simon - Rowson Jonathan (15...Ne5)

 

S Ansell v J Rowson, Olympia 4/12/12

Solution

I thought I had solved this position, playing (as Simon played) 1 Bf4 Nf3+ 2 Bf3 Qf5[] (2…Qh3 3 Bg4) but it is nothing much for White, and my engine says it is merely +0.5.

Instead 1 Qe5!? a move I never even considered.

Ansell Simon - Rowson Jonathan (16.Qxe5)

1…Be5? 2 g4+-; so 1…Qe5[] 2 Ne5 Be5 3 Bh6 with slightly more of an edge.

Ansell Simon - Rowson Jonathan (18.Bxh6)

If I could only adhere to CJS Purdy’s maxim, which I know so well, examine all biffs, maybe I would have found 1 Qe5. But, alas, even with it being a problem, I didn’t. That’s chess.

 

FEN

r4rk1/pp1b1pb1/4p1pp/3Pn2q/8/5NPP/PP2QPB1/R1BR2K1 w – – 0 16

Daily Chess Puzzle Chess magazine

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

Jones Gawain C B - Panjwani Raja (19...g6)

G Jones v R Panjwani, Hastings 30/12/2012

 

Solution

1 Bg6! fg[] 2 Nh6

Jones Gawain C B - Panjwani Raja (21.Nxh6)

and Black’s dis-coordination accounts for more than his slight material advantage; White captures the Pg6 next move, and can then bring more pieces to the party by advancing his f pawn.

FEN

r1bqrk2/1pp2p1B/3pn1pp/2n2N2/p1P2P2/P1B1P3/1PQ3PP/R2R2K1 w – – 0 20

Daily Chess Puzzle

Today’s problem is from the recent Tata Steel Chess India Blitz.

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

Pos181

 

Carlsen v Aronian, Tata Steel Chess India Blitz, Kolkata, November 2019

Solution

1 Rc2!! a move I might never consider, even in classical time control. Suddenly, all becomes clear: the Pa7 promotes, protecting g2, and White wins.

Pos182

Capture

 

FEN

8/P4pkp/2Rp2p1/8/8/7P/1r3rP1/R5K1 w – – 0 1

Daily Chess Puzzle

Today’s problem is from the recent Saint Louis Winter tournament.

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

Oparin Grigoriy - Gabuzyan Hovhannes (24...Rb6)

 

Oparin v Gauzyan, Saint Louis Winter tournament, 11/11/2019

Solution

White played 1 Qa4 which retains the edge, but 1 Qf6!! was far stronger.

Oparin Grigoriy - Gabuzyan Hovhannes (25.Qf6)

I think it is too deep except for an elite grandmaster or other very strong tactician. One sample line:

1…Bf6 2 ef Qc5+ 3 Bd4! and if the game is simplifed, White has a winning ending.

Oparin Grigoriy - Gabuzyan Hovhannes (27.Bd4)

 

The game came to my attention through following Jonathan Tishall on Twitter.

Capture

 

FEN

5r1k/p1p1q1b1/1rQ3pp/3BPbN1/2P2p1P/2B2P2/PP6/3RR1K1 w – – 0 25

Daily Chess Puzzle

Today’s problem is a study seen on Twitter.

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

Pos183

 

Study, Tweeted by Olimpiu G Urcan, unattributed

Solution

Olimpiu G Urcan is always interesting to follow on Twitter, where his handle is @olimpiuurcan.

Most of his studies are too hard for me to solve quickly: and are in my pile to “solve some time” -a pile which grows, and never gets smaller.

This one was easier, as he said, and also is nice to solve.

Capture

1 Bh6! Rh6+ [] 2 Kf7 Rg8 3 Rd8+ Rg8[] 4 Rg8 mate.

Pos184

Pretty.

FEN

7k/7p/4K3/8/8/7r/3B4/3R4 w – – 0 0

Daily Chess Puzzle

Today’s problem is from an old edition of the British Chess Magazine.

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: in yesterday’s puzzle, I thought 1 Kh3 was the solution, with a stalemate after 1…Kf3 2 Bh5+ Nh5. But I was wrong: why?

Gelfand Boris - Movsesian Sergei (89...g3)

Boris Gelfand v S Movsesian, Batumi 3/12/19

Solution

After 1 Kh3 Kf3 2 Bh5+ Black is not forced to capture, but promotes his pawn after 2…Kf2!

Gelfand Boris - Movsesian Sergei (91...Kf2)

FEN

8/5Bn1/8/7p/5k1P/6p1/6K1/8 w – – 0 90

Daily Chess Puzzle

Today’s problem is from an old British Chess Magazine.

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

Gelfand Boris - Movsesian Sergei (89...g3)

Boris Gelfand v S Movsesian, Batumi 3/12/19

Solution

1 Bd5! and it is a draw; 1…Kg4 2 Bc6 Kh4 3 Bd7 and the Pg3 falls.

Gelfand Boris - Movsesian Sergei (92.Bd7)

I got null points on this: but Boris found it, of course!

 

FEN

8/5Bn1/8/7p/5k1P/6p1/6K1/8 w – – 0 90