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  1. 31 Jan '17 16:43 / 1 edit
    As usual I had ome good fun putting this one together..

    White to play and Mate in one Move (Leonid Kubbel)

    You may get in within 5 seconds, took me approx. 90 seconds.


    Like finding something you have lost it will be the last move you think of.
    No tricks or en passant scams, a genuine mate in one. (solution in the blog)


    A chess poem that inspired the title of a book. (don't howl, I loathe
    chess poems as much as the next man, it's a very short poem.)

    A no word book review. (A book review with no words!)

    A piece on Rules of Thumb and RHP players breaking them (Bless them all)

    An amusing tale about some lad press-ganged into
    playing his first OTB game and his chess score sheet..

    The Hall of Doom inspired by MoonBus.

    Blog Post 350
  2. 31 Jan '17 17:40 / 1 edit
    Hi, in the Kubbel puzzle: what about 1. d8=Q? Is that not a mate? It's a double check, so the king must move but has no available squares. The Q on d8 is defended.

    Edit: nevermind, it's a self-check due to the bishop on c8.
  3. 31 Jan '17 17:51 / 2 edits

    Yes, The d7 pawn is pinned.

    I had it quickly with 1. Qg5+ (mate) and was looking around for other mates
    because I got it so quick and suspected every move mated.

    Then I noticed another Black Queen on c1. 1.Qg5+ is not mate. OOPS!
  4. 31 Jan '17 17:53
    Chess is very confusing.

    I was watching a video of a lesson by Akobian. He was trying to get the audience to make the correct move, giving hints about knights like to protect each other. Finally someone got it, then two moves later he was saying now move the knight so they no longer support each other.

    Two moves ago, you said knights like to support each other. Nice rule of thumb, but two moves later the board doesn't look much different, but now you want to break them up.

    Nice rule of thumb there.
  5. 31 Jan '17 18:41
    I actually saw Qa3+ pretty fast, but had initially dismissed because I thought the black queen on e5 would interpose.

    Puzzles like these with unnatural positions are very hard, because suddenly all the heuristics in my brain don't really work anymore.
  6. Standard member sonhouse
    Fast and Curious
    31 Jan '17 19:49 / 15 edits
    Originally posted by greenpawn34
    [fen]1Bb3BN/R2Pk2r/1Q5B/4q2R/2bN4/4Q1BK/1p6/1bq1R1rb w - - 0 1[/fen]
    Yes, The d7 pawn is pinned.

    I had it quickly with 1. Qg5+ (mate) and was looking around for other mates
    because I got it so quick and suspected every move mated.

    Then I noticed another Black Queen on c1. 1.Qg5+ is not mate. OOPS!
    Pawn takes bishop, becomes knight, mate, I think. No, doesn't work, What about Rook takes queen +, mate? Nope, bishop blocks. Dang. Ok. Pawn takes B. becomes rook and the A rook mates? Geez that doesn't work either, the dam h dark bishop interceeds.Ok, regroup. Q-f6+? Black queen pinned. That sounds like the one. No, there is that pesky problem of KxQ uncontested. Dang again N-f5+, bishop takes. Oh FRIGGING K. Q-g5 mate, except for that dam black queen takes. Not the one next to it, the sneaky bastard on c1. Going back to basics, I see nine possible checks, is THAT at least correct? So back to N-g6 mate. I think. No intercessions, no takes. Looks right. Nope, bishop covering that one too.
  7. 31 Jan '17 20:56 / 1 edit
    Originally posted by sonhouse
    Pawn takes bishop, becomes knight, mate, I think. No, doesn't work, What about Rook takes queen +, mate? Nope, bishop blocks. Dang. Ok. Pawn takes B. becomes rook and the A rook mates? Geez that doesn't work either, the dam h dark bishop interceeds.Ok, regroup. Q-f6+? Black queen pinned. That sounds like the one. No, there is that pesky problem of KxQ uncon ...[text shortened]... N-g6 mate. I think. No intercessions, no takes. Looks right. Nope, bishop covering that one too.
    Think promotion, don't be greedy.
  8. 31 Jan '17 21:30
    Originally posted by Eladar
    Think promotion, don't be greedy.
    oops didn't see the pin lol.
  9. 31 Jan '17 21:35
    Originally posted by Eladar
    oops didn't see the pin lol.
    How about knight c6
  10. 31 Jan '17 22:33
    Originally posted by Eladar
    How about knight c6
    How about I check a diagonal.
  11. Standard member sonhouse
    Fast and Curious
    01 Feb '17 17:53
    Originally posted by Eladar
    How about I check a diagonal.
    Wait just a doggon minute Q-a3. the big mate? I am assuming the white pawn at the other end of the board can take the opponents bishop and theoretically promote to knight, rook, whatever, but If white is going up board with his pawns, Oh I see now, black is also set to promote, was thinking for a stupid second the pawn could just take the queen but it's going the other way. Ok, what a mind bender.
  12. Standard member krieghoff
    Carrobie is plucked
    01 Feb '17 20:24
    Originally posted by Eladar
    How about knight c6
    Nc6 leaves the escape to f6, but Ng6 wins too.
  13. Standard member krieghoff
    Carrobie is plucked
    01 Feb '17 20:28
    Ooops - just saw that bishop on the b1 diagonal. My bad.
  14. 01 Feb '17 20:57 / 2 edits
    Originally posted by krieghoff
    Nc6 leaves the escape to f6, but Ng6 wins too.
    Nc6 loses to Bxc6. You are right about the escape square thanks.