# White's best move

schakuhr
Posers and Puzzles 28 Mar '05 10:32
1. 28 Mar '05 10:324 edits

What is white's best move? People who receive Brian Balestri's puzzles, please don't respond.

2. Bowmann
Non-Subscriber
28 Mar '05 18:23
Are you serious?
3. 28 Mar '05 18:27
Kd2
4. Arrakis
D_U_N_E
28 Mar '05 22:291 edit
Originally posted by schakuhr

What is white's best move? People who receive Brian Balestri's puzzles, please don't respond.

Sorry, this position is cooked. For those of you who may not know what "cooked" means, it's a term that describes a flaw to a problem theme. In this case the theme is moving the knight and giving a discovered check by the queen. But the problem is "cooked" because White has two winning solutions where neither is better than the other. The knight can move to both b5 and d5 with a discovered check.

arrakis
5. BigDoggProblem
28 Mar '05 23:11
Originally posted by arrakis
Sorry, this position is cooked. For those of you who may not know what "cooked" means, it's a term that describes a flaw to a problem theme. In this case the theme is moving the knight and giving a discovered check by the queen. But the problem is "cooked" because White has two winning solutions where neither is better than the other. The knight can move to both b5 and d5 with a discovered check.

arrakis
Not so fast! After 1.Nd5+?? or 1.Nb5+??, Black has the devastating reply 1...Nd4+ with double check, forcing the white King to move. Then white will find to his chagrin that it is he who loses.
6. BigDoggProblem
28 Mar '05 23:15
Originally posted by Mephisto2
Kd2
I do not see how white wins after 1.Kd2 Qa5.
7. Bowmann
Non-Subscriber
28 Mar '05 23:461 edit
Originally posted by BigDoggProblem
Not so fast! After 1.Nd5+?? or 1.Nb5+??, Black has the devastating reply 1...Nd4+ with double check...
That was the idea behind the problem...
8. BigDoggProblem
28 Mar '05 23:54
Originally posted by Bowmann
That was the idea behind the problem...
Well, hopefully it has a solution, too...
9. 29 Mar '05 12:46
Yes indeed Kd2 is the best move. Not Nd5+ or Nb5+, for 1. ... Nd4+ will follow it, and wherever the king moves, 2. ... Qc2+ will follow with mate on the next move.
10. 29 Mar '05 12:56
Originally posted by schakuhr
Yes indeed Kd2 is the best move. Not Nd5+ or Nb5+, for 1. ... Nd4+ will follow it, and wherever the king moves, 2. ... Qc2+ will follow with mate on the next move.
Not so fast. I still think Kd2 is the best move (or Kc1), but as pointed out Qa5 follows. White keeps the best game (but no immediate win) after QxQ.
11. Bowmann
Non-Subscriber
29 Mar '05 16:23
Why is everyone saying 'Not so fast'?
12. PBE6
Bananarama
29 Mar '05 16:32
Originally posted by Bowmann
Why is everyone saying 'Not so fast'?
Not so fast there, Bowmann. Easy does it.
13. BigDoggProblem
29 Mar '05 17:14
Originally posted by Mephisto2
Not so fast. I still think Kd2 is the best move (or Kc1), but as pointed out Qa5 follows. White keeps the best game (but no immediate win) after QxQ.
Ugh....

What a lousy puzzle.ðŸ˜•
14. 29 Mar '05 17:24
Originally posted by BigDoggProblem
I do not see how white wins after 1.Kd2 Qa5.
Hello, the puzzle was: what is white's best move , not White to play and win .
15. 29 Mar '05 17:29
Originally posted by schakuhr
Hello, the puzzle was: [b] what is white's best move , not White to play and win .[/b]
sure, this looks almost like a real chessgame. Good tactics practice.