Brain Teaser That Might Be Flawed

3N1rk1/p1b1Q1pb/5pPp/5p2/5N2/K7/3rp3/8 w - - 0 1

I was going to post this problem a few weeks ago, but was unable to resolve a key variation where it appeared to me that black could mount a drawing defense. See if you can find the same flaw and tell me if it really is a flaw or not.

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Yancey_Ward
Yancey_Ward

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Craig, you are correct- I only briefy scanned Alena's V3- the line I found is 5.....Rd4+, not 5.....Ra2. I just scanned down to see 11....Ra7 and assumed it came from a4 and not a2. In that line, white cannot take at c5 after the check since black takes the knight at f4 and drawing with the e-pawn.

CraigB
CraigB

The main idea after Q:c5 is ...B:e6 11. Qf8+ Kh7 12. N:e6 Kg6 13. Qe8+ Kh7 14. Qf7 with spite checks interspersed at Black's discretion.

Yancey_Ward
Yancey_Ward

Editor

Yes, V3 is the key variation, and black's 11th move in your version of it is the move I think Krug overlooked. After a couple of days trying to find a winning line for white, I gave up and put that position before 11.....Ra7 into several different on-line chess engines, and none of them could find more than a pawn edge for white. It might be a winning position, but I just don't see how.

Alena
Alena

Yancey, I couldn't post the solution earlier because the site wasn't working properly. I think you are right that the puzzle has got a flaw. I worked it out and got three variations.

V-1

1.Qf7+ Rxf7 2.gxf7+ Kf8 3.Nfe6+ Ke7 4.f8=Q+ Kd7 5.Qf7+ Kd6 6.Qxc7+ Kd5 7.Qc6+ Ke5 8.Nf7#

V-2

1.Qf7+ Kh8 2.Qxf8+ Bg8 3.Nf7#

V-3

1.Qf7+ Rxf7 2.gxf7+ Kh8 3.f8=Q+ Bg8 4.Nde6 Bd6+ 5.Ka4 Ra2+ 6.Kb5 Rb2+ 7.Ka6 Ra2+ 8.Kb7 Rb2+ 9.Kxa7 Bc5+ 10.Ka8 Ra2+ 11.Kb8 Ra7 12.Qxc5 Bxe6 13.Nxe2 Ra2 14.Nf4 Bf7 15.Qc8+ Kh7 16.Qxf5+ Kg8 17.Qc8+ Kh7 18.Qd7 Kg8 19.Qd8+ Kh7 20.Qf8 Ra4 21.Qxf7 Rxf4 It's a draw.

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