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Daily Chess Puzzle

Today’s problem is from the June 1979 Chess magazine. I have hundreds (many hundreds) of magazines on my book shelves, and I thought I would dip into them; and thought I would start with going forty years back.

 

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: examine 1 c6, as played in the game

Pos133

Lemachko v Caldwell, Hyeres April 1979

Solution

1c6?? was a blunder: 1…b6!, and White resigned.

Pos134

FEN

8/1p2k3/8/pPPpPp2/3P4/8/5P2/7K w – – 0 1

 

Daily Chess Puzzle

Today’s problem is from the June 1979 Chess magazine. I have hundreds (many hundreds) of magazines on my book shelves, and I thought I would dip into them; and thought I would start with going forty years back.

 

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

Yasser Seirawan - Walter Shawn Browne (16.Be3)

 

Seirawan v Browne, Berkeley 1979

Solution

1…Qc4+ and 2 Kc4 Ba6+ wins.

Yasser Seirawan - Walter Shawn Browne (17...Ba6+)

FEN

1rbk2nr/p1pp2b1/7p/2qP1pp1/2Bn4/2NKBP2/PP2N1PP/R2Q3R b – – 0 16

Daily Chess Puzzle

Today’s problem is from the June 1979 Chess magazine. I have hundreds (many hundreds) of magazines on my book shelves, and I thought I would dip into them; and thought I would start with going forty years back.

 

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

Gruenfeld Yehuda - Soltis Andrew E (16...f5)

 

Gruenfeld v Soltis, Lone Pine 3/4/1979

 

Solution

1 Ng6! and Black’s position crumbles.

Gruenfeld Yehuda - Soltis Andrew E (17.Nxg6)

If 1…Kg6 2 Bh5+! wins.

1 Bh5 also wins, per my engine.

FEN

r5nr/1bq1pkb1/pn4pp/1p2pp2/7N/P1NQ2B1/1PP1BPPP/R3R1K1 w – – 0 17

Daily Chess Puzzle

Today’s problem is from the June 1979 Chess magazine. I have hundreds (many hundreds) of magazines on my book shelves, and I thought I would dip into them; and thought I would start with going forty years back.

 

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

Shirazi Kamran - Grefe John Alan (30.hxg3)

Shirazi v Grefe, Lone Pine 1979

 

Solution

1…Rg5 and White resigned. If 2 Qg5, then Qf3+, Qf2+. Qe1+ and mates.

Shirazi Kamran - Grefe John Alan (30...Rxg5)

FEN

4r2k/5q1p/pp4p1/2b2rB1/2P1p2Q/6PR/P4P2/4R2K b – – 0 30

Daily Chess Puzzle

Today’s problem is from the June1979 Chess magazine. I have hundreds (many hundreds) of magazines on my book shelves, and I thought I would dip into them; and thought I would start with going forty years back.

 

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

Larsen Bent - Strauss David J (32...Kg5)

Larsen v Strauss, Lone Pine 1979

 

Solution

1 Rff4! and if 1…ef, 2 Rh5 mate; since the pawn on f4 blocks an escape square.

If instead 1…h5 then 2 g3! and mate follows.

Larsen Bent - Strauss David J (34.g3) (1)

FEN

8/1p2bp1p/p1bp1p2/4pPk1/P1r1P2R/2P2R1P/2P3P1/3B3K w – – 0 33

Daily Chess Puzzle

Today’s problem is from the June 1979 Chess magazine. I have hundreds (many hundreds) of magazines on my book shelves, and I thought I would dip into them; and thought I would start with going forty years back.

 

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

Shirazi Kamran - Matera Salvatore Joseph (24...Ne4)

Shirazi v Matera, Lone Pine 26/3/1979

 

Solution

1 Nc6! and after 1…Nf2[] 2 Ne7+ not only wins material, but places Black in a near mating net.

Shirazi Kamran - Matera Salvatore Joseph (26.Ne7+)

Black resigned after 2…Kh8 3 Kf2 de 4 f6 since Rh1-h6 is unstoppable.

FEN

r4rk1/pp3p2/2bp3p/4PP2/2PNn3/3B4/PP3R2/R5K1 w – – 0 25

Daily Chess Puzzle

Today’s problem is from the June 1979 Chess magazine. I have hundreds (many hundreds) of magazines on my book shelves, and I thought I would dip into them; and thought I would start with going forty years back.

 

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

Unzicker Wolfgang - Dankert Peter (30.Nc3)

Unzicker v Dankert, Munich 1979

 

Solution

1…Qg3+! and White resigned. It is either a smothered mate after 2hg or if 2 Kh1 then 2…Qf3!

Unzicker Wolfgang - Dankert Peter (30.Nc3)

FEN

4rrk1/1p3pp1/4p3/pPPpP1q1/3Pn2p/2NQPR1P/6PK/6R1 b – – 0 30