Which Check?

Last Monday’s problem reminds us that lazy analysis can cost points.

If White carelessly plays 1.b7 , Black draws with 1…c5 2. Kb5 Kb7 3. Kxc5 Kc7 4. Kd5 f4! and after 5. gxf4 Kd7 Black has the opposition and draws.

Instead, White wins with 1. Kb5! Kb7 2. bxc7 Kxc7 3. Kc5 Kd7 4. Kd5 Ke7 5. Ke5 f4 6. gxf4! and wins.

In this week’s position, White has to play and win. He has plenty of discovered checks but don’t be lazy. Work out which discovered check wins.

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.