Chess Puzzle of the Week (76): Solution

I sometimes teach my pupils how to play Snooker Chess: queens and bishops can bounce off the edge of the board at a right angle.

The position I showed you last week reminded me of this. Watch the bouncy bouncy white queen touring the dark squares!

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Shirov won with the beautifully geometric 28. Qa5! Rxd4 (or 28… h6 30. Qd8+ Re8 31. Qf6) 29. Qxg5+ Kf8 30. Qf6! (threatening Qh8#) 30… Rxd6 31. Qxd6+ and White eventually won.

Did you spot all the dark squares coming into play? a5, d8. f6, g5, h8, d4, d6. Amazing. Isn’t chess an extraordinarily aesthetic game?