Daily chess puzzle: Check Mate #127


Another puzzle from Dragoslav Andric’s 1981 book “Matni Udar”.

Black to play and mate White


Gerasimov v Smyslov, Moscow 1935


This has shades of the famous Rubinstein ending vs Rotlewi : 1….Rd3! 2 Qb6 Rh3!


3 Bd4 (3 Qc6 Bh2+ 4 Kh1[] Nf2 mate, so the B must defend f2) Bh2+ 4 Kh1 Be5+ 0-1, because the Bh2+ check and discovery will repeat, next being Bc7 and then Bb6.


The game, which was a casual game, is deeply annotated in Megabase. Smyslov crunched the Colle in convincing style.


r2r2k1/1b3ppp/ppq1p3/4P3/N1P2bn1/PQ5P/1B3PP1/R3RBK1 b – – 0 19

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2 Responses to Daily chess puzzle: Check Mate #127

  1. Dr Bob Rich says:

    I can’t get the FEN to work. Position is right, the last little bit must be wrong.

    Brilliant, isn’t it?

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