Test your chess: daily chess puzzle # 24

allanbeardsworth

White to play and win

W Kobese v J Francisco 1998

After looking at biffs like 1 Bg6+, 1 Ng5+ and flashy moves like 1 Rf6, rejecting them all, I then saw the retreat 1 Ne5 and realised it was game over.

The knight is poisoned: 1…Qe5?? 2 Bg6+ wins the queen. So the g6 pawn falls, and the black king is then naked. White has the better pieces, a protected passed pawn, and the safer king.

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