White to Play

Pete Tamburro on

Published in Chess Puzzles

Here’s a nice attack from 1900, won by Ward over Downey in a South vs. North match in the UK. You might guess at the first move, but can you see it all the way through as White did?

1.d6 Bxd6 [Black could have fought harder with 1...Bf8 2.Bxf7+ Kh8 3.Bxe8 Qxe8 4.Qxe8 Rxe8 5.Re1 Rc8 6.Ng5 b5 7.Ne6 Kg8 8.Nxf8 Rxf8 9.Re7 but Black is quite lost here because of White being the exchange and an advanced passed pawn up as well as a rook on the 7th rank...hopeless.] 2.Bxf7+ Kxf7 3.Ng5+ Kg6 [3...Kg8 4.Qc4+ Kh8 5.Nf7+ Kg8 6.Nh6+ Kh8 7.Qg8+ Rxg8 8.Nf7#; 3...Kf8 4.Qc4 Re7 5.Bxd6 Ne5 6.Bxe5 Qe8 7.Bd6] 4.Qc2+ Kh5 5.Qf5 Bxf4 6.Ne6+ g5 7.Rd3 and Black Resigned because of 7...Kh6 8.Rh3+ Nh5 9.Rxh5+ Kxh5 10.Qxh7+ Kg4 11.h3#


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