I’ve recently been reading a book “Endgame” by Frank Brady about “the Spectacular rise and fall of Bobby Fischer” which is a fascinating account of Fischer’s progression from chess prodigy and World Champion to paranoid recluse living in Iceland. I thought it would be nice for today’s puzzle to have a Fischer combination but, whilst trolling the internet for a suitable puzzle, I stumbled across a fascinating Fischer story.
Apparently back in 2006 there was a chess match being televised live in Iceland (which is a chess-mad country) and the players reached the following position. In time trouble Black touched his King and started to play 1…Kg8 but then realised that 2.Qxg7 was mate so instead he played 1…Qd7. Unfortunately for him the arbiter was watching and enforced the touch move rule so White played 2.Qxg7# and won the game.
At this point a viewer rang in to the TV station and suggested that Black had missed a spectacular win. The viewer was chess recluse Bobby Fischer, probably the greatest player of all-time. Today’s puzzle is can you spot the move that Bobby suggested (fairly easy) and after White’s best reply what is Black’s killer second move (quite hard)?
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