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CHESS PUZZLE #10020
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Peter Leko - Vladimir Borisovich Kramnik, Nice 2009.
online chess puzzle #10020
Black to move, mate in 7
..takes me forever to get these hard ones. Only about 10 tries for this one though : ) One day I hope to understand why a particular solution is the correct one...
One of the hardest ones I've tried here, even if the options were fewer than some. I was convinced it would involve promoting the h pawn, and I couldn't get that idea out of my head.
Clever first move
After realizing a rook sacrifice wasn't going to get me anywhere, I also leaned toward the idea of an h-pawn promotion. I knew that the bishop had to get out of the way somehow, but I hadn't considered it going to b6 until I realized that white could avoid mate-in-7 through checks (which, as it turns out, Bb6 defends quite well).
White's first-move response (Rd4) was good too, as it was the only way to avoid mate in the next one or two moves.
The rest was elementary, for me.
Can white draw with other bishop moves?
By checks & sacrifices...
This B move prevents sacrifice of one of the W rooks.
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