# How many mates?

curseknight
Posers and Puzzles 18 May '08 11:38
1. 18 May '08 11:38
Find all the #s.... in one move. Not many, trust me. ðŸ˜‰

2. 18 May '08 11:411 edit
Nice idea... I count 6 after studying it for only a few seconds!
1. Qd5#
2. Bh3#
3. Qf7#
4. Qh6#
5. Nbd5#
6. Ncd5#

EDIT: Aha! A sneaky trick!

1. Nxa5 stalemate
3. 18 May '08 11:49
2. Bh3#
I can subtract that one.
4. wolfgang59
18 May '08 11:53
Originally posted by mjolnir
Nice idea... I count 6 after studying it for only a few seconds!
1. Qd5#
2. Bh3#
3. Qf7#
4. Qh6#
5. Nbd5#
6. Ncd5#

EDIT: Aha! A sneaky trick!

1. Nxa5 stalemate
A few more seconds shows that 2 of your mates are not!

Qd5 is not possible (you probably meant Qf5 but that is not mate either) Bh3 is not mate because Queen can block.

So 4 checkmates, 1 stalemate.
5. 18 May '08 12:02
Originally posted by wolfgang59
A few more seconds shows that 2 of your mates are not!

Qd5 is not possible (you probably meant Qf5 but that is not mate either) Bh3 is not mate because Queen can block.

So 4 checkmates, 1 stalemate.
1. Qd5# is OK for black
6. 18 May '08 13:11
Originally posted by mjolnir
Nice idea... I count 6 after studying it for only a few seconds!
1. Qd5#
2. Bh3#
3. Qf7#
4. Qh6#
5. Nbd5#
6. Ncd5#

EDIT: Aha! A sneaky trick!

1. Nxa5 stalemate
Nbd5 and Ncd5 are not allowed, but I suppose you meant Nbd4# and Ncd4#. I count 4 for White, 1 for Black, all have been mentioned already.

1. Nbd4#
1. Ncd4#
1. Qh6#
1. Qf7#
1. ... Qd5#

...is 1. Rh1 Qd5# counted as 'mate in one' too?
7. 18 May '08 13:27
Originally posted by heinzkat
Nbd5 and Ncd5 are not allowed, but I suppose you meant Nbd4# and Ncd4#. I count 4 for White, 1 for Black, all have been mentioned already.

1. Nbd4#
1. Ncd4#
1. Qh6#
1. Qf7#
1. ... Qd5#

...is 1. Rh1 Qd5# counted as 'mate in one' too?
Yes I meant Nbd4 and Ncd4. Sorry. And whoever said Bh3 is not mate, you are absolutely right- but Qd5# is correct...

I stand by my assumption that there is a stalemate option with Nxa5.
8. 18 May '08 13:35
Originally posted by mjolnir
Yes I meant Nbd4 and Ncd4. Sorry. And whoever said Bh3 is not mate, you are absolutely right- but Qd5# is correct...

I stand by my assumption that there is a stalemate option with Nxa5.
Stalemate is something different than checkmate.
9. 18 May '08 14:17
Originally posted by heinzkat
Stalemate is something different than checkmate.
Wow, really? But the thread asked how many mates- checkmate is when a king is checked and they can't move, stalemate is when a king isn't in check and they can't move. Ask the OP- I make sense to me and me alone.
10. 18 May '08 14:26
Originally posted by mjolnir
Wow, really? But the thread asked how many mates- checkmate is when a king is checked and they can't move, stalemate is when a king isn't in check and they can't move. Ask the OP- I make sense to me and me alone.
In Dutch the distinction is easier: 'mat' and 'pat'. In English, indeed, checkmate and stale'mate' looks more similar. Indeed, you might be right, perhaps the stalemate is asked for as well.
11. wolfgang59