Test your chess: daily chess puzzle #17


Black to play and win

K Mamombe v D Gluckman 1995

The motif is fairly clear in today’s puzzle, with back rank mates being in the air: and attacks on g2.

My immediate, on sight, response was 1….Rg2+!, which wins easily enough. 2 Bg2 Qe3+ and probably best is 3 Qf2 Re1+ 4 Bf1 but the game is over.

I then looked a bit more, and reversed the order of moves- a common technique- 1…Qe3+! which is more accurate : 2 Kh2 (2nRe3 Rg2+ and 3…Rf1 mate) 2..Re1 and 0-1.

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