Tonight’s position comes from a 1966 game played between Sven Johannessen (White) vs Bobby Fischer (Black) in Havana, Cuba. Johannessen has just played 26. Nf4. What did Bobby Fischer play here?
Black just played Bxf3. How should white respond?
White to move and draw (D. Lolly, 1763).
White to move and win!
White to move and mate in 4 (Milan Vidmar – Max Euwe, 1929).
White to move and mate in 3.
Today I share a beautiful endgame study/mate-in-4 that I have come across in a couple of books. Carel Christiaan Wilhelm Mann has placed black in zugzwang (1…f5 2.Qh4# or 1…Kf5 2.Qd5#) but has white to move. The resulting solution is sure to entertain!
White to move and mate in three (Samuel Loyd, 1863).
White to move and mate in 4 (Georges Legentil, Le Journal de Rouen, 1910).
White to move and mate in 2 (Karl Ernst Adolf Anderssen, 1953).