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  1. Subscriber moonbus
    28 Jan '17 17:39
    mate in three. (White is moving up the board.) PM me your solution.

    Your first instinct will mate, but not in three. Think again, harder.
  2. 28 Jan '17 17:47
    I think I can do it in 2.
  3. Subscriber moonbus
    28 Jan '17 18:58
    Yes, you may be right there. Kudos.
  4. Subscriber BigDoggProblem
    The Advanced Mind
    28 Jan '17 20:27
    1.Rag1 (threat Rg8) Qxh1 2.RxQ, or 1...Q~ 2.RxQ.

    What was the intent?
  5. 28 Jan '17 22:11
    Feel like I am playing name that tune.
  6. Subscriber moonbus
    30 Jan '17 06:55 / 1 edit
    There are multiple solutions to this one.

    The one I saw was Rae1, a2-a1(Q) forced; Rxa1, QxRh1; RxQh1#

    Which was mate in three. Eladar then called my attention to a mate in two -- clever lad:

    1. Rag1 (threatening Rg8# ), QxRh1; RxQh1#

    And then there is:

    2. Rag1, Qh6+; RxQh6#

    The main thing in all variations is not to take the Q on h7 with check right away, otherwise you get the following position:

    and you will have to chase the Black K round the board to get him mated. The crucial insight is to keep the Black K boxed into the corner on h8 and play a waiting move instead.