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  1. 06 Apr '12 18:51
    Below is a final position from one of my blitz games.



    You can just stop now and try to find the mate in three or read on. (The solution is not given below.)



    After the game was over, I took some time to look for the fastest mate possible.

    There are (obviously) a lot of mates here, and I just kept trying to find the fastest one that I could.

    Without an obvious guide (like the mate in 3 in the thread title), I was pretty sure I nailed it with mate in 4.

    Here is what I thought to be best:

    1.Nc7+


    1. ... Kd8


    2.Re8+!

    The sacrifice denies the king e8.

    2. ... Bxe8


    3.Ne6+


    Now, the king wishes he had access to e8.

    Kc8 4.Qc7 Mate



    I honestly thought this was the fastest mate. There is in fact a way to mate one move faster!



    White To Move ... Mate In 3 ... There is only one correct first move to do it.

    Have at it !!!
  2. 06 Apr '12 19:48 / 1 edit
    my brain says it can't be done
  3. 06 Apr '12 20:51 / 2 edits
    The king is stalemated so
    Re5-f5-f8# or 1.Re5 Be4 2.Nxc5+ Kd8 3.Qd7#
  4. 06 Apr '12 21:12
    Originally posted by paulbuchmanfromfics
    Below is a final position from one of my blitz games.

    [fen]r3k3/pp4Q1/2b1N3/2p5/3p3P/3P2P1/PP3P2/4R1K1[/fen]

    You can just stop now and try to find the mate in three or read on. (The solution is not given below.)



    After the game was over, I took some time to look for the fastest mate possible.

    There are (obviously) a lot of mates ...[text shortened]... ite To Move ... Mate In 3 ... There is only one correct first move to do it.

    Have at it !!!
    Looking quickly, does Re5 do the trick?
  5. 07 Apr '12 14:52
    Yep. 1.Re5 with two variants: if bishop leaves a4-e8
    2. Nc7+ Kd8
    3. Re8
    and in all other cases:
    2. Rh5 ...
    3. Rh8
    Ofc if 1... Bd7 then immediately
    2. Qf8
  6. 15 Apr '12 01:36
    this is not so hard
  7. 15 Apr '12 01:46
    1.knight d4
    2knight c6
    rook e8
  8. 15 Apr '12 01:50
    Originally posted by youplayme
    1.knight d4
    2knight c6
    rook e8
    But King will take Rook on e8.
  9. Standard member mikelom
    Ajarn
    19 Apr '12 02:30
    Re5, ***, Qf8++

    -m.