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  1. Standard member TimmyBx
    TacticsTime.com
    20 Nov '11 23:48
    This was an interesting thread on reddit.com

    http://www.reddit.com/r/chess/comments/mijy0/a_counting_exercise/

    The poster asked: How many different ending positions exist where white delivers a checkmate on his third move? To get you started: there are 4 different ending positions where black delivers a checkmate on his second move. Can't be too hard, can it?

    It took me several tries, and I kept finding new ones.

    If you want to see my answer and analysis, I posted it on my chess blog at: http://tacticstime.com/?p=1439

    I suggest trying it yourself! It was a lot of fun actually 🙂

    Cheers,
    Timmy
  2. 21 Nov '11 00:17
    I think you missed the most obvious one:
  3. Standard member TimmyBx
    TacticsTime.com
    21 Nov '11 00:27 / 1 edit
    Yep! You are right, I did!! lol 🙂 Thanks!! I updated my list to include it 🙂
  4. Standard member yosiman
    Genius
    21 Nov '11 04:18
    Hmm how about that same variation but with e3 instead?

    Also, there are a few variations where you move the c pawn first, move the queen to c2 and then g6 mate.
  5. Standard member TimmyBx
    TacticsTime.com
    21 Nov '11 04:35
    Thanks yosiman! I used your ideas to find 5 more :-)
  6. 21 Nov '11 21:07
    While you are solving funny psudo chess puzzles try this: Whats the shortest stalemate you can construct - Don't spoil the fun with google ;-).
  7. 21 Nov '11 23:24
    Originally posted by Kaoslos
    While you are solving funny psudo chess puzzles try this: Whats the shortest stalemate you can construct - Don't spoil the fun with google ;-).
    I'd be really impressed if anyone gets this without Googling the answer.
  8. Subscriber Marinkatomb
    wotagr8game
    22 Nov '11 01:07
    Originally posted by Erekose
    I'd be really impressed if anyone gets this without Googling the answer.
    I got it first time but thought i'd check it on Youtube... 😉

    YouTube
  9. 22 Nov '11 11:22 / 1 edit
    The best way to catch all the 3 move mates is to use the Help Mate
    feature which Fritz has. Start from the initial position. that should list them all.
  10. 22 Nov '11 12:48
    Originally posted by greenpawn34
    The best way to catch all the 3 move mates is to use the [b]Help Mate
    feature which Fritz has. Start from the initial position. that should list them all.[/b]
    ohhh GP advocating box use!
  11. Standard member TimmyBx
    TacticsTime.com
    22 Nov '11 15:41
    Originally posted by greenpawn34
    The best way to catch all the 3 move mates is to use the [b]Help Mate
    feature which Fritz has. Start from the initial position. that should list them all.[/b]
    That will list all of the mates that there are, but not give you the unique positions.

    For example the mates after.

    1. e3 f6 2. e4 g5 3. Qh5#

    is the same position as after

    1. e4 g5 2. Qf3 f6 3. Qh5#

    but Fritz would list these as different mates.

    But you are right, it is a good way to check an answer, just like putting a tactics puzzle into Fritz is the best way to check the solution to a chess tactics problem 🙂

    Or getting in a car, and driving 26.2 miles is the best way to "run" a marathon lol

    The fritz "Show all legal moves" can help also. For example the first time I tried this, I missed the tempo killing moves like Ba6 that you would never play in a real game, because they just hang a piece. You have to "think outside the box" to find them all.