Daily Rome Shot 604


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Black to move and win material.

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  1. Cliff says:

    Maybe e6 to d5, splitting the queen and the rook.

    Queen must move, probably to f4 so as to protect white bishop and pawn and stay near the middle where she is most useful.
    d5xc6–there goes one white rook, and a stacked one at that. Does the other white rook go in for the swap, knowing that he will take out a higher value bishop? Yes: c1xc6 followed swiftly by the queen taking the last white rook: d7xc6.

    Now what? Maybe h4-e7?

    At this point, the white king has to worry about getting trapped behind his own pawns.

    Not sure where to go from there.

  2. Neal says:

    OK here goes:
    1. …Bd5

    Any way white tries, they’re losing at least a rook.

    Most interesting next moves I see are
    2. Rc7 Rac8
    If 3. Rxd7 Rxc1#

  3. Here’s my take.

    Black to move.

    1. …. Bd5
    2. Rc7 Qxc7
    3. Rxc7 Bxe4

    1. … Bd5 (double attack – if 2. Qc7 and Qxc7 then Bxc7 and both white rooks are hanging.)

    If 2. Rc7 attacking the queen, then QxRc7 3. RxQc7 BxQ and black is a rook up
    If 2. QxR then QxRc1#

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