Test your chess: Reitstein problem 183

allanbeardsworth

White to play and win

D Macfarlane v S Hirschowitz 1963

After trying 1 Rg7 and 1 Rh5, and finding them both wanting (i.e. losing) 1 Qf6! is a fairly natural try- it is the most natural candidate moves of the only two biffs in the position.

If black takes with the queen, then 2 Bf6 gf 3 Rh5 and the game is over: 3..Kh7 4 Bd3+ f5 5 Bf5+ and the ending is hopeless for black. So, 1…gf 2 Rh5 and again the game is over- for instance 2..Qf8 3 Bf6+ Kh7 4 Bd3 mate.

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