Daily Rome Shot 612

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White to move and win material.

This one made me work!  There’s an attractive “tactic” at the beginning.

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  1. Occidite says:

    Bishop to a3 wins the rook.

    If after a3 the black queen captures the bishop, white’s remaining bishop captures the pawn on h7, and after Kxbh7, white takes QxQa3 and is winning.

  2. White to move and win material advantage. My take.

    1. Ba3 (skewer and attraction) Nb4 (black can’t take Qa3 because white Bxh7)
    2. Qe4 (threatens mate)

    2. … if Bg4 then
    3. Qc4+

    2. if …f5
    3. Qxb4 Qxb4
    4. Bxb4

  3. Occidite says:

    Ah, you’re right Father. Thanks. I guess I got the first move right but I missed the black knight’s interposition.

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