White to Play

Pete Tamburro on

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This is yet another opening trap, but it has a long solution. Here’s the game up to the diagram: Imbaud-Strumilo, Correspondence, 1932: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.d3 d5 5.exd5 Nxd5 6.Nc3 Nb6 7.Bb3 Bg4 8.h3 Bh5. You can’t take credit for solving it unless you find not only move 9, but move 12 as well. This correspondence player worked it out to the mate at home. See if you can do the same thing.

Prepare yourself for a great king chase: 9.Nxe5! Bxd1 10.Bxf7+ Ke7 11.Bg5+ Kd6 12.Ne4+! Kxe5 13.f4+ Kd4 14.Rxd1 Ke3 15.0–0 Nd4 16.Rde1+ Ne2+ 17.Rxe2+ Kxe2 18.Bh5+ Ke3 19.Rf3+ Kd4 20.Bf7 Black Resigned because of 20… Qxg5 [20...Bb4 21.c3+ Bxc3 22.bxc3#]21.c3# And White never took Black’s queen.


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