Originally posted by RavelloRa6!!
Here are some simple excercises I found in an old italian chess book : I know they are quite simple and they are aimed at beginners like me,however it is fun to try solve them quickly.
:white #2 [fen]kbK5/pp6/1P6/8/8/8/8/R7 w - - 0 1[/fen]
Sorry for the multiple posting,seems that I can't post more boards in a single post.
Originally posted by RavelloBh3 does force something!! Black can chose to lose his f-pawn or move his King. Bh3 covers one of the flight squares for the king, leaving him only one on e4. The Queen sac is much more elegant though
Ok James,the first two are correct :exercise #1:1.Ra6,any bishop move 2.Rxa7#......exercise 2 : 1.g3,g4 2.hxg4#.........but you missed the third one!
Your initial Bh3 doesn't force anything,the right one is the queen sac Qc4+,then if ...Kxc4 2.e4#,if 1....Ke4 2.Qe6#
Originally posted by RavelloIt was supposed to be mate in 2, not mate in 4!
white #2 [fen]8/8/Q2p4/3k4/3P1p2/2P5/2K1P3/5B2 w - - 0 1[/fen]
Originally posted by David TebbOf course you're right,after some other simple exercises I'm sure there will be some interesting ones,even for a very strong player like you.
It was supposed to be mate in 2, not mate in 4!
The correct solution is surely 1.Qc4+ Kxc4 (1.. Ke4 2.Qe6 Mate) 2.e4 Mate