Mate in 8

Shiny Knight
Posers and Puzzles 26 Jun '05 13:00
1. 26 Jun '05 13:00

White to move. Mate in 8.
2. 26 Jun '05 14:07
Originally posted by Shiny Knight
[fen]kq3r2/8/2Kn4/1rn5/1P6/5RN1/6BB/5RN1 w - - 0 1[/fen]
White to move. Mate in 8.
1.Ra3+ Qa7 2.Rxf8+ Rb8 3.Kxd6+ Nb7+ 4.Kc7 Qxa3 5.Rxb8+ Ka7 6.Rxb7+ Ka8 /6...Ka6 7.Bf1+ Qd3 8.Bxd3# / 7.Rb8++ Ka7 8.Ra8#
3. 26 Jun '05 17:30
Originally posted by ilywrin
1.Ra3+ Qa7 2.Rxf8+ Rb8 3.Kxd6+ Nb7+ 4.Kc7 Qxa3 5.Rxb8+ Ka7 6.Rxb7+ Ka8 /6...Ka6 7.Bf1+ Qd3 8.Bxd3# / 7.Rb8++ Ka7 8.Ra8#
You're right, well done.🙂
4. BigDoggProblem
27 Jun '05 02:43
Originally posted by Shiny Knight
[fen]kq3r2/8/2Kn4/1rn5/1P6/5RN1/6BB/5RN1 w - - 0 1[/fen]
White to move. Mate in 8.
These types of problems are a bit too easy to solve, thanks to all the obvious checking moves and forced replies.
5. 27 Jun '05 07:392 edits
Originally posted by BigDoggProblem
These types of problems are a bit too easy to solve, thanks to all the obvious checking moves and forced replies.
I thought it wasn't all that obvious which rook to use on the first move to check at the a-file. But maybe the question should have referred to that, instead of just 'mate in 8'. Looking at the other mate-problems in this forum I can safely say: you are right. I am humbled. Rattled.

But in my defense: I cooked up the ones I posted myself; I think I did a 'nice' job (for an amateur).

Maybe it's more of a pose than a puzzle, okay...
6. 27 Jun '05 08:15
Shiny Knight it was a good problem for starters 😉 But still you can get better. Chess puzzles that start with check are usually rare. A forced play is another thing that is rare; Perhaps you should look at these themes to get an idea what is used in composing classical chess problems: Novotny, Grimshaw, Bristol, Plachuta just to name a few.