White to Play

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Published in Chess Puzzles

There’s a tricky opening that is often played at amateur levels. It’s important to know how to meet it, and we’ll see that here, too. The game Schroder-Illgen, Dresden, 1926, went: 1. e4 e5 2. Bc4 Nf6 3. Nf3 Nc6 4. d4 exd4 5. Ng5 d5 6. exd5 Nxd5 (The best defense is: 6... Qe7+ 7. Be2 Nxd5 8. O-O h6 9. Nf3 Qc5 10. Re1 Be7) 7. O-O Be6 8. Re1 Qd7 9. Nxf7 Kxf7 10. Qf3+ Kg6 (10... Kg8 11. Rxe6 Qxe6 12. Qxd5 Nd8 13. Qxe6+ Nxe6 14. Bxe6# or 10... Ke8 11. Bxd5 Nd8 12. Rxe6+ Nxe6 13. Bxb7 Qf7 14. Bxa8)and now see the diagram.

11. Rxe6+ Qxe6 (A fun finish was 11... Nf6 12. Qe4+ Kf7 [2... Kh5 13. Qf5+ Kh4 14. Qh3#] 13. Re7#) 12. Bd3+

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