Test your chess: daily chess puzzle #1

allanbeardsworth

Black to play and win

 

 

WS Mackie v FH Nel 1955

 

 

It is easy to be tempted into thinking the theme was mate on the h file, and look at 1…Qh4 2 hg hg and 3..Qh1 mate, but of course 2 hg?? is a non forced gruesome blunder, and it is necessary to look elsewhere.

The real theme is that white's queen is in a net, so that 1….Nh2!! wins the exchange – 2 Qg3 Nf1 3 Kf1. The game goes on, but black is winning. Stockfish suggests 3..h4 and 4 Qf3 f5, or 4 Qg5 Be6: in time, black wins.

 

If instead 2 Kh2 then 2…Bg4!! 3 Qg3 (3 hg?? hg+ wins the queen) Be2 4 Re1 and after 4…h4 5 Qg5 the queens come off and then the d3 pawn.

 

Stockfish finds one small but important improvement in the above line for…

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Chris Torres is a nationally renowned scholastic chess coach working in both Bakersfield and the San Francisco Bay Area. His classes have attracted players of strengths ranging from rank beginners to world champions. A chess professional since 1998, Chris is widely recognized as one of the main driving forces behind the explosion in popularity and sudden rise in quality of scholastic chess in California. Currently, Chris Torres has the ranking of candidate master and serves as the President of the Torres Chess and Music Academy. Mr. Torres’ hobbies include playing classical guitar and getting his students to appear on the national top 100 chess rating lists.

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