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Posers and Puzzles

Posers and Puzzles

  1. Standard member Bowmann
    Non-Subscriber
    04 Aug '06 22:24
  2. 04 Aug '06 22:30 / 1 edit
    I'm going to give up and claim its impossible to guarantee a win from that situation. Please message me and tell me otherwise.
  3. Standard member Bowmann
    Non-Subscriber
    04 Aug '06 22:32
    OK.
  4. Subscriber BigDoggProblem
    The Advanced Mind
    04 Aug '06 22:33
    Originally posted by Tinbum
    I'm going to give up and claim its impossible to guarantee a win from that situation. Please message me and tell me otherwise.
    Before you give up, read Thread 44679.
  5. 04 Aug '06 22:38
    A2-A1, H7-H8, A2-H8 = CheckMate
  6. Standard member Bowmann
    Non-Subscriber
    04 Aug '06 22:44
    Originally posted by InkPen426
    A2-A1, H7-H8, A2-H8 = CheckMate
    Nice try. But I'm afraid I can't allow colour-switching or illegal moves.
  7. 05 Aug '06 00:28 / 2 edits
    1. h8 a1 2. Qe8

    Then Black has no way to stop mate.

    2...Qf6+ 3. Kd7 Qd8+ Qxd8#

    Some other possibilities:

    if 2...Qd4+ (or Qd1+ etc.)
    then 3. Ke7+ Qd8+ 4. Qxd8#

    if 2...Qh8 (or Qa4, Qe5, etc.)
    then 3. Qxa8+ Ka8 4. Qe8 Kb8 5. Kd7#

    Is this correct?

    Edit: I thought my answer was correct, then I thought it was incorrect, now I think it might be correct again. So I'll just leave it.
  8. 05 Aug '06 00:34 / 1 edit
    That was a very cool one! Took me about half an hour to figure it out, which is quite alot, considering the few possible moves.

    1. h8=Q a1=Q 2. Qg8! (that way Black can't playing Qg7 lateron) Qa2 3. Qe8 Qa4 4. Qe5+ Ka8 6. Qh8 and Black can't prevent mate, just extend it for a few moves by giving the queen.


    edit: Your idea was correct, carpenoctem, except I think 2... Qg7 is the reason why White can't play Qe8 right away.
  9. 05 Aug '06 00:45 / 1 edit
    Originally posted by crazyblue

    edit: Your idea was correct, carpenoctem, except I think 2... Qg7 is the reason why White can't play Qe8 right away.
    Yes, I went through it rather hastily, not considering 2...Qg7. Ironically, I thought of both 2. Qg8 and 2. Qf8 prior to Qe8 but then somehow confused myself into thinking those wouldn't work. That certainly appears to be the correct answer--good job.
  10. 08 Aug '06 02:05
    ok here it is:

    1. h8=Q a1=Q
    2. Qh2+ Qe5
    3. Qxe5#

    white wins
  11. 08 Aug '06 11:18
    Originally posted by moon 111
    1. h8=Q a1=Q
    2. Qh2+ Qe5
    3. Qxe5#
    1. h8=Q a1=Q
    2. Qh2+ Ka8
  12. Subscriber olddog On Vacation
    08 Aug '06 15:07
    by advancing to queen, black can only move kingy to corner, else advance pawn to queen and lose her immediately. I think an advanced player would retire wounded having fought on to miss by that one elusive step - so near yet so far. Some could/would play to the bitter end....
  13. Standard member Bowmann
    Non-Subscriber
    08 Aug '06 15:45
    Originally posted by olddog
    by advancing to queen, black can only move kingy to corner, else advance pawn to queen and lose her immediately. I think an advanced player would retire wounded having fought on to miss by that one elusive step - so near yet so far. Some could/would play to the bitter end....
    Don't forget stalemate, when Kingies have nowhere to go.
  14. Subscriber BigDoggProblem
    The Advanced Mind
    08 Aug '06 16:18
    Originally posted by Bowmann
    Don't forget stalemate, when Kingies have nowhere to go.
    You can't teach an olddog new tricks.
  15. Standard member Bowmann
    Non-Subscriber
    18 Sep '06 16:01 / 1 edit

    1. h8=Q a1=Q
    2. Qg8 Qa2
    3. Qe8 Qa4
    4. Qe5+ Ka8
    5. Qh8 wins