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It's Your Move: daily chess puzzle #260

White to play: evaluate 1 Ne6+ Qe6 2 Qe6 Bb2+ 3 Kb1 Ba3+=

(i.e. critique the line)

Larsen v Kavalek, Lugano 1970

Solution

If puzzle 258, a couple of days ago, was part of my teenage chess education, today’s puzzle is part of my 50s chess education, since I immediately recognised the position, and the player’s, from Kavalek’s Huffington Post article which was published on… 56 more words

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It's Your Move: daily chess puzzle #259

Black to play and win

F Portisch v Bilek, Zalaegerszeg 1969

Solution

Quite hard to see the way through the tangle of central pieces, but when one sees the jump biff Rf4-f2, noting that from f2 the R also eyes b2, the forcing 1…Nf3! 29 more words

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It's Your Move: daily chess puzzle #258

Black to play and win

Larsen-Spassky, USSR-World, Belgrade 1970

Solution

Part of my chess education. I was eight when the game was played, and hadn’t learned to play chess. 68 more words

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It's Your Move: daily chess puzzle #257

Black to play; evaluate 1…Nc6

(a puzzle to spend some time on, but not too much; an analytical effort.)

What move was better than 1…Nc6? 103 more words

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It's Your Move: daily chess puzzle - special edition

Black to play and win

Hinton, Tim v Beardsworth, Allan, Stockport Rapidplay 2016

Solution

Today is my youngest child’s 18th birthday, so, to celebrate, a break from the series from Teschner’s and Miles’ book, to a recent game of my own. 243 more words

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It's Your Move: daily chess puzzle #253

Black to play and win

Almgren v Burger, California 1969

Solution

Quite difficult, since the pieces are spread out and placed unusually. In Teschner’s book, we are told the strange fact that Black mistakenly touched his Rg8: so, the move has to be a rook move. 85 more words

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It's Your Move: daily chess puzzle #256

Black to play and win

Jacobsen v Ljubojevic, Groningen 1969-70

Solution

A lovely one today, and very hard – it took me a good while, looking at very confusing and similar lines, and throwing away various pieces on b4, e3, d4 before finding 1…Nf4! 50 more words

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