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Pandolfini's Puzzler #1 - The Worst Move

  • NM brucepandolfini
  • | Aug 2, 2013
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  • | 19 comments

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."

What was Zephyr's answer?

Answer #1

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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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Comments


  • 22 months ago

    Sunnyboya

    @Penny 28... Qxg1   29. Ke2 Qxg2.

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

  • 2 years ago

    TomGinTX

    @Penny: 18 Bh7+

  • 2 years ago

    scc314

    Solved this puzzle the moment I saw it.

  • 2 years ago

    adilshanu

    it was cool

  • 2 years ago

    PennytheGrandMaster

  • 2 years ago

    UIUCBoss

    worst move is resign

  • 2 years ago

    luigi72

    Great article!!!! Thanks

  • 2 years ago

    Lawdoginator

    :)

  • 2 years ago

    Spelbnder

    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

    OVAIDO

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

  • 2 years ago

    IM DanielRensch

    LOL Lawdog :-P

  • 2 years ago

    manuelgtz20

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

  • 2 years ago

    Lawdoginator

    That's ten master class points, Josh! 

  • 2 years ago

    Methodik

    Lol

  • 2 years ago

    Timothy_P

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

  • 2 years ago

    Methusala

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

  • 2 years ago

    Methusala

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

  • 2 years ago

    NM GargleBlaster

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

  • 2 years ago

    IM DanielRensch

    So great to have Bruce on our team!

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