Thursday, February 26, 2009

Thursday Chess Puzzle

Here's a little puzzle from a game I am currently playing. It will be over soon, as I discovered a mate-in-three after white's last move. See if you can figure it out!


Black to play, mate in 3 moves

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3 Smart Remarks:

Blogger Bro Trevor said...

Queen to D8 then to G8

Pawn from G7 to G6. I think white bishop could get in the way tho.

I'm sure I'm probably not right. But I think that would still work.

5:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

1.F6-F5
2.E4 capture F5 --- Horse D7-F6 check
3. King G4-G5 --- Castle H5 Check-mate

If instead of Horse to F6 check you play G6 capture F5 is still forced Check-mate in 14 moves or less!

10:32 AM  
Anonymous Trooper said...

Trevor, keep in mind that black gets to make moves, so in a mating combination like this, there has to be direct action against the king, usually with checks. The queen is way out of the action (a strange case) so she does not participate in any way to this win.

Anonymous has it right, although I wouldn't entertain the thought of an alternate line that takes 14 moves to win. It might even be considered a blunder in the face of the forced mate. =)

10:49 AM  

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