White to Play

Pete Tamburro on

Published in Chess Puzzles

Howell, against Junabayev at the Keres Memorial at Tallinn in 2016 played a move in our last puzzle that would have led most people to resign; however, his opponent hung on! If you count the old fashioned way, White has an edge in “points” of 26 to 25. The position is decisive, though, and Howell polished off Black in short order with a mating attack. Give it your best shot!


1.Rxg6+ hxg6 2.Qxg6+ Kh8 3.Qh6+ Kg8 4.Be4 (Black Resigned here because of...)4... f5 [4...Rfe8 5.Bh7+ Kh8 6.Bg6+ Kg8 7.Qh7+ Kf8 8.Qxf7#] 5.Bd5+ Rf7 6.Qg6+ Kh8 7.Bxf7 Bxf1 8.Qh6# Howell had to be brilliant twice in one game!

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