Today's Daily Puzzle 7/18/20: Stairstep To Victory

Today's Daily Puzzle 7/18/20: Stairstep To Victory

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Hi puzzlers! Before I jump into this complicated Saturday puzzle I first want to give a BIG shout-out to the chess.com staff for awarding me the title of Top Blogger! I'm thrilled to have this title and want to thank everyone who's been reading me diligently as I post my (almost) daily posts. Here's to many more puzzle solutions! 

In typical Saturday fashion, this puzzle was tough. There was one move in particular which I highlight below that in my mind was very hard to find. For those of you who are are beginner/intermediate players, don't get discouraged when you don't solve difficult puzzles like the one today. I view puzzles like these as more learning opportunities rather than validation of chess strength. 

There's a lot going on and black is down material so he will need to muster up something special (and likely forcing) if he wants to come out of this ahead. As always, the first step is to look for forcing moves:

 

Definitely a challenging one today! Here's to us easing into the week with some Sunday/Monday-level puzzles. How did you do today? Did you solve it? If not, which move did you trip up on? Comment below!

Nick

 

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