23 October 2015

Problem of the Week

My advanced chess students this week made efforts to solve this position from Botvinnik -- Capablanca, AVRO 1938. Botvinnik's win over Capablanca's resourceful defense has been judged by many masters since as one of the best chess games ever played.

White to move

Mikhail M. Botvinnik wrote in One Hundred Selected Games that his move from this position was "forced". Nonetheless, it has proven difficult for my students. In the famous position ten moves later, however, where A.J. Goldsby states that his students have never found the winning move, several of my students succeeded.

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