White to play and win…?! But how?
Game: Panczyk – Schurade (Zakopane. 1978)
Solution chess puzzle #6
In found this puzzle in the digital version of ‘Improve Your Chess Tactics’ by Yakov Neistad. e+Chess Books and New In Chess created an app for the iPad. This is a wonderful improvement on regular chess books.
The app is for free (see your app store) and comes with some chess books free of charge. So give it a try. You will be hooked in no time. I will tell you later more about that. For now, let’s go back to the puzzle.
The solution is quite surprising. It all starts with 1. Qa8!! If black takes the queen (1… Rxa8) there follows 2. Nxe7+ and white remains a piece up after 3. Nxc8.
This is of course not the end of it. What if black declines the present with 1… Rb7? Then white plays 2. Nxe7+ Rxe7 3. Qxb8
Also 1… Rxg6 doesn’t save black. Then simple 2. Qxa7.
To my dismay I missed a variation. But I was lucky because it doesn’t save black: 1… Bd8 2. Qxa7 Nc6 3. Ne7+! Nxe7 (3… Bxe7 4. Qxb6) 4. Rfd1
In the final variation white could also have played 2. Qxb8 Qxb8 3. Bxb8 Rb7 4. Ne5 Rxb8 5. Nd7.