Chess Puzzles / Games

White to Play

by Pete Tamburro
White to Play

Grandmaster Velimirovic is one of our favorite GMs. A brilliant attacking player, he has entertained us with quite imaginative combinations. Grandmaster Velimirovic is one of our favorite GMs.This one is a mating attack that uses the Black king in the corner to great advantage.

Solution:

The bishop on the diagonal with the king in the corner is more powerful than the rook on d6, so White uses the rook as a sacrifice to open the diagonal. The lowly pawn also plays a key role as you will see: 1.Rxf6 Nxf6 [1...Kh7 2.Rxf7+ Kh6 3.Rxg4 hxg4 4.Be3+ Kh5 5.Rh7#; 1...Rg1+ 2.Kd2 Rg2+ 3.Kc3 Nxf6 4.Bxf6+ Kh7 5.Rxh5+ Kg8 6.Rh8#] 2.Bxf6+ Kh7 3.Rxh5+ Kg8 4.Rh8#

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