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Posers and Puzzles

Posers and Puzzles

  1. 19 Nov '06 12:21
    White to move and mate in 3 moves.

  2. 19 Nov '06 12:44
    Is mate possible? To be fair on me I have been spending about five minutes messing about with the King, Bishop and Knights, forced moves, taking the castle, sacrificing pieces, and I still don't get it!
  3. 19 Nov '06 14:08
    Originally posted by Black Queen
    Is mate possible? To be fair on me I have been spending about five minutes messing about with the King, Bishop and Knights, forced moves, taking the castle, sacrificing pieces, and I still don't get it!
    Ah, yes it is possible. Beautiful puzzle.
  4. 19 Nov '06 15:42 / 1 edit
    Sorry but can you give me the first move? Is it;
    BxR?
    Ne7+?
    Ncb8+?
    Kb5?
    I've tried all those and others, but I still can't get it.
  5. 19 Nov '06 17:19
    This really is a nice puzzle.
  6. Subscriber BigDoggProblem
    The Advanced Mind
    19 Nov '06 23:31 / 2 edits
    1.Ka5! (threatens 2.Kb6, 2.Ne7+ and 2.Nd4+)
    1...e1Q+ 2.Kb6! and Black is powerless to stop both 3.Nc7# and 3.Nc6~ with a discovered mate.
    1...Kb7 2.Ne7+ Ka7 3.Nc8#

    Try:
    1.Kb5? Rg8! [Now possible, because White can't play Nd4+ and Nb5#] 2.Kb6 Rc8! and White has no mate.

    I'm not crazy about the multiple White threats, but the key, allowing Black to Queen with check, is good.
  7. 20 Nov '06 01:31 / 1 edit
    Well spotted bigdogg, I got nowhere near it, I dismissd the Ka5 e1Q+ on the grounds of multiple checks that were not there after knight block mate