Chess puzzle #6

White to play and win…?! But how?

Game: Panczyk – Schurade (Zakopane. 1978)

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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.┬áIt 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.

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