The Gazette - February 2021

Edited by Julie Leonard
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Gray Matter Test

These puzzles are selected by Graham Lilley from the website http://www.wtharvey.com, which contains many puzzles that challenge you to find a win from a position in a real game.

November 2020 Puzzle

Christian Aarefjord vs Magnus Carlsen, Oslo, 2001

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White: King d3, Rook d7, Bishop a3, Pawns b3, c2, c4 and h4

Black: king f6, rook h2, bishop h5, pawns b6, d4 and f7

Black to move and win.

Solution: ... Bg6+ with Rd2+ to follow

February 2021 Puzzle

Magnus Carlsen vs Gustav Gulbrandsen, Norway, 2002

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White: King g1, Queen e3, Rooks c1 and f1, Bishop d3, Knight g5, Pawns a2, b2, e5, f2, g2 and h2

Black: king e8, queen e7, rooks a8 and h8, bishop c8, knight d7, pawns a7, b7, d5, e6, f7, g7 and h6

White to move and win. The solution will appear in the May gazette.