Test your chess: daily chess puzzle

allanbeardsworth

Black to play and win

E Dizdarevic v A Greet, Tromsø Olympiad 2014

I saw this problem in Malcolm Pein’s column in the Daily Telegraph during the Olympiad. I am an avid, and long term (forty year) reader of the Telegraph chess column- if my memory serves me right, written in the 1970s by Tony Miles and latterly by Malcolm. Each day I do the puzzle, if there is one. Most I solve by inspection or soon thereafter: some stump me, and then I cut them out, and solve them during spare moments. The above problem was one such stinker.

Eventually, I saw the solution: examine all biffs means 1…Bg2+! and after the forced 2 Bg2, bringing more pieces to the party leads to 2…Rc6! threatening the unanswerable Rh6+. The Rc6 rook lift could also be seen by following Purdy’s maxim to look for nets– here, the white king…

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One Response to “Test your chess: daily chess puzzle”

  1. Shiva Krishna Says:

    a) ..Qg1+ Kxg1Bh2#
    b)..Qg1+ Nxg1Nf2#

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