Puzzle of the Week #023

It’s been a couple of weeks, so here we go again!

Dipender takes the prize for last week’s puzzle, with his second bite at the cherry – well done Dipender!

Taken from a match in 1976, the finish was produced by 15yr old prodigy, Maia Chiburdanidze, on her way to becoming world champion.

To this week’s challenge then – Black to play and win. Answers in the comments:

10 thoughts on “Puzzle of the Week #023”

  1. Hi Dipender,

    Have you considered, after 3…Kf3, say 4. Kd2 Ke4 5. f6! Kf5 6. Ke3 Kxf6 7. Kf4 draw.

    Or similarly if 4… f6 5.Kd3 Kf4 6. Ke2 Kxf5 6. Kf3.

    1…Rf1+ looks a better way to liquidate with gain of tempo.


  2. Hi Dipender,

    After 3…Kf3, have you considered, eg. 4.Kd2.

    If 4…Ke4 5.f6! Kf5 6. 6. Ke3 Kxf6 7.Kf4 draw

    Or similarly, if 4…f6 5. Kd3 Kf4 6. Ke2 Kxf5 7. Kf3.

    1…Rf1+! looks like a better way to liquidate with gain of tempo.


  3. 1. …………., RxRch
    2. KxR, RxR
    3. PxR, K-f3
    and the black King proceeds to capture the white Pawn,
    and then chaperone the Black Pawn until Queened.

      1. Thanks – I see what you’re doing now. Jim and I had both misunderstood the attribution.

        Puzzle of the week is a great idea: I’ll have to add this feature to the Richmond website.

        Looking forward to seeing you in ThamesValleyLeagueLand shortly.

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