Black to Play

Pete Tamburro on

Published in Chess Puzzles

A game contested between Frink and Lecount in Brooklyn, 1923, ended abruptly when White missed a winning defensive move. The game started out 1.d4 Nf6 2.Nc3 d6 3.Nf3 Bf5 4.Nh4 Bg6 5.Nxg6 hxg6 6.e4 Nbd7 7.Bc4 e5 8.0–0 c6 9.a4 exd4 10.Qxd4 Ng4 11.h3 Nde5 12.hxg4 See Diagram. The question is—what should White have played on his 12th move and what did Black play to wrap it up quickly?

White should have played 12.Be2 and Black played 12...Nf3+ 13.gxf3 Qh4 with mate inevitable.


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