Black to Play

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Holiday Chess School #13! This is one of those “Look at the vectors” positions. Draw arrow from the bishops, rook, queen and knight toward the White king. They all have a path, direct or indirect aiming at the White king. That should tell you it’s time to act.

From From Popoff-Ryumin, Moscow 1929 1...Rxf3 2.Bxf3 Qxf3+ 3.Kxf3 Nxd4+ 4.Kg4 Bc8+ 5.Kh4 Nf3# As close to a pure mate as you will get in practical play.


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