Chess Puzzle of the Week (59)

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Last week I left you with this position in which Jonathan Rowson had Black against Andrew Ledger (whose brother Dave, entirely coincidentally, features in my previous post).

White has two threats, but Jonathan countered them both by playing 27… Rc2+ 28. Qxc2 Qa6+ 29. Qd3 Rf2+ 30. Kxf2 Qxd3, and Black won a few moves later.

I’ll return to Jonathan and his wonderful new book The Moves That Matter later. Over the past few days I’ve been looking for Chess Puzzles for Heroes content again, this time going through some very old RJCC games from 40 or more years ago.

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In this position White’s queen is under attack. What should he do about it? The more variations you give me the more points you’ll score in the quiz.