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Cute king hunt

  • #1

    The following position (Gipslis-Darsniek, Latvian Championship 1962) is taken from P H Clarke's 100 Soviet Chess Miniatures.

    Actually, Black had already resigned the game.  Clarke gives here 1 Bxd7 Rd8 2 Qxf6 (although 1... Qe5 would've staved off immediate defeat).

    At any rate, there is a more incisive possibility here...

     

  • #2

    This is why GMs resign. I don't know what explains how GMs get into these positions in the first place.

  • #3

    achintooth (in a recent email) has just provided the following addendum:

     

    Yeah, I think N gives check on h6, then Q can give check on f7 and then f6 after sacrificing the N on h6, B comes down to e2, and after Black B blocks and white B takes, couple of pawn checks and Bob's your uncle. I could never see something like that from the start, but after playing it out saw how the Black K can't get away, the Q locks down all but h5.

  • #4

    Now sure why (or how) I overlooked that mate in 3...but somehow I did.

     

    Still, the mate in 4 was more fun. happy.png

  • #5

    What about 5.Bxg4+? I think it's faster happy.png

    Nice puzzle anyway

  • #6

    Yes, I've already pointed that out.

     

    Thanks anyway.

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