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1.  Wulebgr
Angler
24 Oct '06 14:41
X marks the spot(s) in this mate in two that I use with a lot of beginning chess players.

2. 24 Oct '06 14:50
I'm rather worried that it took me two minutes to find the answer!
3.  Wulebgr
Angler
24 Oct '06 14:53
I'm rather worried that it took me two minutes to find the answer!
Did you find all three solutions?
4.  Ragnorak
24 Oct '06 15:18
Originally posted by Wulebgr
X marks the spot(s) in this mate in two that I use with a lot of beginning chess players.

[fen]8/3Q4/8/8/8/3K4/8/3k4 w - - 0 1[/fen]
Clever.

D
5. 24 Oct '06 15:38 / 1 edit
I only found one solution, I generally stop looking when I've found a forced mate! I'll look for the others now.

Ok. Other two solutions didn't take too long to find! I wish there was only one answer though.
6.  Wulebgr
Angler
24 Oct '06 16:11
Originally posted by Sicilian Smaug
Aha, Looked at it before and thought was just one answer. See the other 2 now you've said. Nice 1 .It's all about the X
I find the X and three solutions to be a useful heuristic for teaching the pattern recognition that enables chess skill.

Of course, among chess problem composers more than one solution means the problem is cooked.
7.  leisurelysloth
Man of Steel
24 Oct '06 16:42
Interesting. Of course it's also mate in two if it's black to move as well. Two's the magic number!
8.  Agerg
The 'edit'or
24 Oct '06 16:53
crikey..I found the *1* solution pretty quickly...took me a bit longer with the other *2*
9. 24 Oct '06 18:32
I also stop when I find mate. Number 2 was easy to find based on the first one. However I would have never found number 3 without the mention of the X. Good teaching method.
10. 26 Oct '06 13:06
*ahem* Yep, that took me about 4-5 minutes to find the other two.
It shouldn't be that hard considering there's only two moves for black!
11.  Natural Science
blunderer of pawns
26 Oct '06 13:30
Very nice. Had me seriously doubting my abilities as a chess player for a few anxious minutes.
12.  malinga
That would be me
26 Oct '06 14:18
Help. I see 2 when nmoving Q to bdark square beside K and has mate off either diagonal. Where's the other?

13.  Natural Science
blunderer of pawns
26 Oct '06 14:22 / 1 edit
Originally posted by malinga
Help. I see 2 when nmoving Q to bdark square beside K and has mate off either diagonal. Where's the other?

Hint: it's the only other square from which the queen can reach both a1 and g1 (the two squares it can reach in the first solution you found).
14. 26 Oct '06 14:35 / 1 edit
g7/a7?
15. 26 Oct '06 14:40
Originally posted by st00p1dfac3
g7/a7?
Those are 2. Now make an X between them and g1/a1.