Avoiding Mines

The solution to last Monday’s problem is that Black can win with 1…Rg3! This threatens 2…Rxh3+!

The main line runs 2. fxg3 Ng4+ 3. Kh1 Qxg3 4. hxg4 Qxh4 mate.

In this week’s problem, Black has to avoid a mine. He should defend his back rank with 1… Rd8.

Can you see what happens if he takes the pawn with 1…Rxd5?

Steven Carr

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About Steven Carr

I am 57 years old, and I am trying to improve my standard of play. From 1998 to 2012, I had a break from chess, playing very few games in that period. I now play more competitive chess and I currently have a English grading of 184. I hope to get a grading of over 200 one day. I normally play in the Merseyside League and play Board 1 for Wallasey.