Test your chess: daily chess puzzle # 195


White to play and win



L Bouah v D Gluckman 2005



After yesterday's poor puzzle, today's is more interesting. Particularly for me, since I often get in positions with type of structure, playing 3 Nc3 4 Nf3 5 Be2 against the Pirc; and at 3 min blitz, it is often easy for white's slightlest or advantages to fizzle away.

Not here: tactics come to the rescue, and once you see 1 Nh5+, the rest is easy. There are two ways to see it: Purdy's examine all biffs or his concept of jump-biffs, here Rd6-h6, so that the Pg6 is pinned.

So, 1…Kh7 or 1…Kg8, 2 Nf6+ Kg7

and here I wonder if my technique has improved over the years by watching all today's elite players, because rather than Reitstein's solution of Ne8+ and g3, which of course wins, but eases the pressure, I instantly thought…

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