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Posers and Puzzles

Posers and Puzzles

  1. Standard member Anzelak
    Sloth's First King
    03 Aug '07 09:57 / 2 edits
    White to move. Is mate possible here in five moves or under?



    What do you see?

    Edit: Don't scroll down if you want to solve it yourself!
  2. 03 Aug '07 10:12
    Checkmate in 4:
    1.Qf5! threatens Nf4#; only three moves to stop that

    a) 1. ... Bxd5 eliminating the knight
    b) & c) 1. ... Qb8 or 1. ... Bd6, covering f5


    After each of these, the second threat 2.Rxg4! is deadly
    a) 2.Rxg4 any move 3.Rh4#
    b) & c) 2.Rxg4 Qxg3+ (or Bxg3) 3.fxg3 any move 4.Rh4#
  3. Standard member Anzelak
    Sloth's First King
    03 Aug '07 10:22
    Originally posted by Mephisto2
    Checkmate in 4:
    1.Qf5! threatens Nf4#; only three moves to stop that

    a) 1. ... Bxd5 eliminating the knight
    b) & c) 1. ... Qb8 or 1. ... Bd6, covering f5


    After each of these, the second threat 2.Rxg4! is deadly
    a) 2.Rxg4 any move 3.Rh4#
    b) & c) 2.Rxg4 Qxg3+ (or Bxg3) 3.fxg3 any move 4.Rh4#
    You were quick of the mark matey.

    Very nicely done
  4. 06 Aug '07 18:10
    Actually mate is possible in 2 moves. 1. h3 Qg6 2. Qxg4# But that's if both players cooperate.
  5. 08 Aug '07 22:53
    I assumed the original poster ment forced mate, meaning no cooperation.
  6. Standard member SwissGambit
    Caninus Interruptus
    08 Aug '07 23:26
    Originally posted by twilight2007
    I assumed the original poster ment forced mate, meaning no cooperation.
    The word "possible" led to the confusion. It is possible to lose a game of chess in only two moves, but not forced.