White to Play

Pete Tamburro on

Published in Chess Puzzles

It’s almost 70 years since the famous 1948 tournament to determine the world chess championship. This position is from one of the classic encounters between Botvinnik and Keres. Botvinnik as White to play.


Notice the rook on g5 being there as a result of coming from a1 by means of a rook lift and then a horizontal slide over to g5. Botvinnik won by: 1.Rxg7+ Kxg7 2.Nh5+ Kg6 [Equally depressing were: 2...Kf8 3.Nxf6 Nxf6 4.Qxf6 Rd7 5.Qh8+ Ke7 6.Bg5+ f6 7.Qxf6+ Kd6 8.Rc1 Rd8 9.Qd4+ Bd5 10.Qxd5#; 2...Kh8 3.Nxf6 Qe5 4.Bb2 Qxd4+ 5.Bxd4] 3.Qe3 Black Resigned as it's over after:3...Nxe4 4.Qh6+ Kf5 5.g4+ Ke5 6.Rd1 Bxg4 7.Qf4+ Ke6 8.Bc4#


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