Today’s puzzle worthy position comes from the 1985 Baden-Baden Chess Tournament. 1985 was a strong edition of this historic tournament featuring many prominent chess players including Susan Polgar, Efim Geller and Ludek Pachman. However, our puzzle worthy tactic comes from a winning combination played by Robb Witt.
FM Robb Witt of the Netherlands sadly passed away on September 22, 2022. The position below comes from his twelfth round victory in the 1985 Baden-Baden chess tournament. FM Robb Witt had the black pieces against the strong Austrian chess master (and soon to be Grandmaster) Stefan Kindermann. Kindermann (white) has just played 34. f6 which threatens mate in 1 with Qxg7. However, before his opponent has time to execute his mate, Witt steals the initiative and delivers a stunningly beautiful mating combination of his own.
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