- 06 Mar '08 20:49

Helpmate in 5

a) diagram

b) Pg5>g4

Please PM solutions so that everyone has a chance to solve.

Composer's name will be given after solution is posted.

In a helpmate, Black begins and both sides play cooperatively to checkmate Black. White's 5th move should give mate.

This problem has a 'twin'. After solving the diagram position, move Pg5 to g4 and solve for helpmate in 5 again. - 07 Mar '08 00:35

For some reason, I had trouble solving b) in this one. But it's clearly not as hard as a) in the h#3 I posted. Maybe h#3 a = 7 difficulty and b = 2 difficulty, and h#5 a) = 1 difficulty and b) = 5 difficulty.*Originally posted by serigado***Still couldn't solve a) in the other problem...**

These are fun... How would you rate 1-10 these 4 helpmates in difficulty?

I tend to solve thematically. I have a tougher time with problems in which a) and b) aren't thematic. - 07 Mar '08 01:00

for me:*Originally posted by SwissGambit***For some reason, I had trouble solving b) in this one. But it's clearly not as hard as a) in the h#3 I posted. Maybe h#3 a = 7 difficulty and b = 2 difficulty, and h#5 a) = 1 difficulty and b) = 5 difficulty.**

I tend to solve thematically. I have a tougher time with problems in which a) and b) aren't thematic.

h#3 a) = 10

h#3 b) = 1

h#5 a) = 2

h#5 b) = 2

Funny something sound easy for some and very difficult to other, and vice-versa