Daily Rome Shot 652

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Black to move.  Force it you can. Have some coffee and give it a try.


NB: I’ll hold comments with solutions ’till the next day so there won’t be “spoilers” for others.


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  1. Synonymous_Howard says:

    I think Black’s best line is
    1. … Nxc3
    2. Kxc3 d4+
    3. Kxd4 b2
    4. Re1 b1=Q
    5. Rxb1 Bxb1
    and Black wins the rook and can promote the a-pawn with the bishop’s help.

  2. GMTA

    Black to force

    1. … Nxc3
    2. Kxc3 d4+
    3. Kb3 Kb2 (if 3. Kxd4 then b2) d3
    4. Kc1 d2
    5. Kxd2 b2

    4. Rxa6 d2
    5. Rd6 d1=Q

    4. Kc3 d2
    5. Kxd2 b2

  3. Dustin F, OCDS says:

    I have recently rekindled an interest in chess, but am only starting to review puzzles and understand chess notation, so thanks for your patience if I misunderstand something.

    Fr. – isn’t 3. Kb3 illegal because b3 is protected by the bishop on c2?

  4. Dustin: I screwed up my notation. I think I’ve fixed it now. Thanks for chiming in with the question. Check it out now. It should make more sense.

    One of the additional things about chess that I have found is really hard and painstaking is typing notation. I have gained enormous respect for the people who put books of games and theory together.

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