Wednesday, 18 April 2007

Friday chess puzzle #1: the solution

Capablanca vs Lasker Blitz Game

The solution to last Friday's chess puzzle.

Capablanca 'played': 1 Ra8+!

after 1 ... Kxa8; 2 Kxc7, White wins the pawn on b6 and queens his own pawn.

and if 1 ... Nxa8; 2 Kc8 and Lasker only has one legal move 2 ... Nc7 allowing 3 Kxc7 and we have the same winning position that follows 1 ... Kxa8.

A delightful collection of themes from such a simple position.

Congratulations to those who got it right, and thanks to Paul Dargan for showing me the position.

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