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# Pandolfini's Puzzler #1 - The Worst Move

• NM brucepandolfini
• | Aug 2, 2013
• | 8034 views

National Master Bruce Pandolfini is an acclaimed Chess Book Author, Teacher and Coach. Lessons in his "Pandolfini's Puzzler" column for ChessKid.com are fictional stories based on true events from his own lessons.

"In chess, you look for the best move," Professor Pandolfini began. "But if you had to, could you do the opposite? Could you find the worst move? Consider this position."

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Question: "What is the worst move Black could play?"

Answers Below - Try to solve ProfessorPando's Puzzle first!

Zephyr thought it over.

"I think I understand," she said. "Black could lose a rook. That would be bad. Black could lose two rooks. That would be worse. But there's something even worse than that: getting mated. "I think I have it. I know black's worst move."

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Zephyr determined that black's worst move is 1...Kd8.

That allows white to mate by 2. Qd6#.

Take note

This type of mating pattern, with black's rooks blocking on both sides, is known as an epaulette mate.

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• 21 months ago

@Penny 28... Qxg1   29. Ke2 Qxg2.

And what TomGin said: 18. Bh7+ wins the Queen.

• 23 months ago

@Penny: 18 Bh7+

• 24 months ago

Solved this puzzle the moment I saw it.

• 2 years ago

it was cool

• 2 years ago
• 2 years ago

worst move is resign

• 2 years ago

Great article!!!! Thanks

• 2 years ago

:)

• 2 years ago

I would like to see more of these "helpmate" puzzles .When there is 5 or 6 moves involved they can be difficult.I used to get Chess Life and review (now chess life) and the column"Benko's bafflers" had these occassionally.

• 2 years ago

im optimiste i think about best is Re2+ and after Rook c2+ and blac win not think about worst

• 2 years ago

LOL Lawdog :-P

• 2 years ago

Great !!! honestly i thougth best black move was Re2+ ... :(

• 2 years ago

That's ten master class points, Josh!

• 2 years ago

Lol

• 2 years ago

Good article! Chess.com, it is acclaimed, not acclaimned.

• 2 years ago

forgot to say read all your books man.. thanks for the knowlage..

• 2 years ago

then I got to think what if its whites move first ? kind of fun to spec.

• 2 years ago

One could argue that losing a R and then suffering through a Q vs R endgame might be psychologically worse.

• 2 years ago

So great to have Bruce on our team!