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Daily Chess Puzzle

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

Vrolijk Liam - Saravanan V (23...Nxc3)

Vrolijk v Saravanan, Bruges 27/7/2018

 

Solution

1 Rd7! with the nice point that 1…Re8 is impossible due to 2 ef+, so R elsewhere, when 2 e7 promotes.

Vrolijk Liam - Saravanan V (24.Rd7)

FEN

3r2k1/R4ppp/1pp1P3/8/8/2n3P1/PP3PKP/8 w – – 0 24

Daily Chess Puzzle

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.

 

Black to play

Pos194

Fowler v Santos, Bruges 2018

 

Solution

1…Qa6 or 1…Qb5 both win a piece: afte 2 Rc1 Rc1+ 3 Bc1 Bd5

Pos195

FEN

6k1/pb3pp1/1p2pn1p/q7/2NP4/P1r1BP1P/4Q1P1/R5K1 b – – 0 1

Daily Chess Puzzle

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

Emms John M - Cummings David H (20...Re7)

J Emms v D Cummings, Radebeul 13/7/2018

Emms John M - Cummings David H (21.Rxb7)

Solution

1 Rb7! and resigns, because if 1…Rb7[] 2 Be4 and White ends up a piece up.

 

FEN

r5k1/1b2rppp/p7/2p5/2PpnB2/P2B4/2P2PPP/RR4K1 w – – 0 21

Daily Chess Puzzle: Moscow Rapid

Today’s problem is from the Moscow Rapid 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

Carlsen Magnus - Utegaliyev Azamat (19...Ke7)

Carlsen v Utegaliyev, FIDE WCC Rapid Open, Moscow 26/12/2019

Solution

1 c4!! a beautiful move.

What does it do? It isn’t aimed at c*d5 but at 2 Qa3+!!, to which there is no good defence.

How to spot such a move? Well, I doubt Purdy’s examine all biffs would have enabled me to see the move, but maybe his examine all jump biffs would: the Qg3 can, in Purdy terms, do a jump over the Pc3 to a3.

Wonderful.

Carlsen Magnus - Utegaliyev Azamat (20.c4!!)

FEN

r2q1b1r/1p2kp1p/4pnp1/pB1pB3/P7/2P3Q1/1P3PPP/R4RK1 w – – 0 20

Daily Chess Puzzle: Moscow Rapid

Today’s problem is from the Moscow Rapid 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

Carlsen Magnus - Utegaliyev Azamat (17...g6).jpg

Carlsen v Utegaliyev, FIDE WCC Rapid Open, Moscow 26/12/2019

Solution

Magnus played 1 f4, and crashed through very quickly, though Black helped him.

But he missed 1 d5!!

Carlsen Magnus - Utegaliyev Azamat (18.d5)

1…Nd5?? 2 Bh8

1..ed? 2 Rfe1

1…cd 2 Bb5+ Ke7

Carlsen Magnus - Utegaliyev Azamat (19...Ke7)

and now what? Answer tomorrow.

FEN

r2qkb1r/1p3p1p/2p1pnp1/p3B3/P1BP4/2P3Q1/1P3PPP/R4RK1 w kq – 0 18

Daily Chess Puzzle

Today’s problem is from the Moscow Rapid 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

Carlsen Magnus - Utegaliyev Azamat (22...Qd7)

 

Carlsen v Utegaliyev, FIDE WCC Rapid Open, Moscow 26/12/2019

Solution

1 Re4+! fe[] 2 Bf7+ Qf7[] 3 Rf7 Kf7 4 Qd7+ 1-0.

Carlsen Magnus - Utegaliyev Azamat (26.Qd7+)

Magnus made his first round game seem easy.

 

FEN

r3k2r/1pBq1pbp/2pQ2p1/p4p2/P1BPn3/2P5/1P4PP/4RRK1 w kq – 0 23

Daily Chess Puzzle

Today’s problem is from the Moscow WCC Rapid..

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: who won the game?

Carlsen Magnus - Savchenko Boris (47...Kxa6)

FIDE WCC Rapid Open, Moscow 26/12/2019

 

Solution

Perhaps I should have given the players’ names. White is Magnus Carlsen, Black is Boris Savchenko (2569).

Carlsen Magnus - Savchenko Boris (55.Kf6)

This position was reached, and Black blundered after 1…Rd7 2 Ke6 Rd4?? when 3 Rh7 is 1-0; 2…Rc7 would have drawn.

 

The whole game was videoed and is enjoyable to watch:

FEN

8/7p/k5p1/5p1P/4rP2/5R1K/8/8 w – – 0 48