Daily Rome Shot 678

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White to move and win material.

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

Today in Pro Chess League action the Levitov Chess Wizards are up against the Indian Yogis and the Garden State Passers face the Canada Chessbrahs (with Magnus). HERE

This comes a little later in the day today because I am solving another problem involving squares and pieces: a shattered patio door.  Double-pane so at least the inside is still integral.  The offender was a rock thrown up by a weed-whacker.   Replacement?  3.5 weeks for the panel.  Grrrr.

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  1. Synonymous_Howard says:

    1. dxc5+ discovered check winning the queen
    If Kg8 then cxd6, if Qe5 then Qxe5+

  2. Dustin F, OCDS says:

    By itself, dxc5 can be met with d4 by black, which blocks the check and attacks the white queen. My take:

    1. Bxa6 Nxa6
    (sacs the bishop to open up the e file for the rook and move black’s knight to a square where it’s not doing much. I would argue this is necessary to force black’s Qd7 move below. Otherwise, the knight will not have some threats available to force the black queen to that square).
    2. dxc5 c4
    3. Nxc4 Qd7 (or Qf4).
    4. Nxe6+ Kg8
    5. Nxf8 Rxf8

    White gives up a bishop and a knight but gets a bishop, a rook and two pawns.

  3. DCLex says:

    Any way to avoid losing white Queen?
    1. dxc5 Kg8 or d6 (either, but not Qe5…)
    2. cxd6 (exposing c3!) c8xc3
    3. bishops traded, or a d7 threat with Nd5, etc., but what real material win?

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