Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas!

(Festivus, too.) The first of the 2009 ChessBase Christmas puzzles is up.

Manuel Rodriguez, 2009
White to play and draw
I think I see the first move, but the idea of ...Qa6 & penetration on the a6-f1 diagonal is bugging me.

1 comment:

Frederick said...

Yes, it would be trivial (a la the problem in Kmoch's Pawn Power in Chess) if Black's pawn were on a6 instead of a5. I too am puzzled as to how White can meet the Qa6 idea.