Puzzle 3 from a game played in 1982
I'm afraid, there is no good move for Black in this position.
When I chose it for the contest I thought that 1. ... E5-7
is clearly superior because 1. ... K6+1, as played in the
actual game, yields a clear win for Red:
1. ... K6+1 2.A4+5 R1.2 3.C5.2 R2+6 4.C3+1 K6+1 5.R2-1 R2.6
(threatening checkmate) 6.E7+5
and Red has to exchange a rook for a cannon to avoid
a fast checkmate:
6. ... R5+1 7.C2+5 R6.8 8.C3-1 R8-4 9.R2-1 (Answer 1) and
Red will win, although there may be some technical
problems.
Thus, the idea of 1. ... E5-7 could be to lure Red's rook
from the important second file. Indeed, after 1. ... E5-7
2.R2.3 K4+1 the original plan 3.A4+5 followed by C5.2 is
not so promising, as Red can play R5.8 in many lines.
Nevertheless, Black seems to be lost after 1. ... E5-7
as well. Red can change the plan and exploit the weakness
of Black's defence (an elephant is missing!) by 2.R2.3
K6+1 3.C3.7. I still believe that this position is a bit
more complicated than the position in Answer 1. But
Red's advantage is overwhelming, see some lines as examples:
a) 3.C3.7 R5-2 4.A4+5 R1.2 5.C7+1 A5+6 6.C5.4 K6.5 7.R3.6 R2+7
8.E7+5 R2-1 9.R6.7 R2.9 10.C7.9 R9+3 11.C4-2 R9-1 12.R7-2 (Answer 2)
b) 3.C3.7 R1+2 4.C7+1 A5-6 5.R3-1 K6+1 6.R3-2 K6-1 (6. ... R5.6
7.R3+1 K6-1 8.C5+6 checkmate) 7.R3.1 (Answer 3)
c) 3.C3.7 R1+1 4.R3-3 R1.3 5.C7.4 R5.6 6.C4-1 (Answer 4)
I'm very sorry for having chosen such an unsuitable position,
each participant will get a point for this position regardless
of his answer.