Which Bishop to Take + Late Chess News

Which Bishop to Take + Late Chess News

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Which Bishop to Take + Late Chess News



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This week’s puzzle is from W. von Holzhausen composed in 1903.


White to play and draw. It looks easy enough 1. Bc6 Kxa5 2. Bg2


and White plays 3.Kxh2 a book draw.

However it is not that easy. 1. Bc6 Rd6! 2. Bg2 Rh6


White is not going to draw that so back here....


White to play and draw. (solution at the bottom)

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Ask your club smart alec if they can checkmate with a Knight and Bishop from
any position with White to play and when they answer yes show them these.


White to play (it’s a draw.)


White to play (it’s a draw.)


White to play (it’s a draw.)

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One late result just in. P. Keres beat R. Fine in round one at Ostend in 1937.
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From the game psalmist - McAbbey RHP 2011 (Black played 17.Qxe2 OOPS!)

When I found I this game I was wondering how the Bishop ended up in h6.
Nothing mysterious. It had captured a Knight there a few moves previously.

However, and it’s funny how the chess mind works, it stirred a slumbering
memory of a game I played in the 1970’s, A game I had totally forgotten about.
I’ve no idea why, the Bishop on h6 and Queen on c3 must have twigged something.

G. Chandler - N.N. Edinburgh Chess mid 1970’s
(I can recall the moves but I cannot recall my opponent’s name.
But I’m sure it was a ‘serious’ game that I turned into a cartoon.)


Before we see the solution to von Holzhausen's study let us look at the game in question.

psalmist (1124) - McAbbey RHP 2011



Solution to the von Holzhausen study.


The fun in solving that one is discovering why moves other than 1.Bf7 fail.

The thread accompanying this blog is Thread 199804
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