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Pandolfini's Puzzler #1 - The Worst Move

  • NM brucepandolfini
  • | Aug 2, 2013
  • | 6165 views
  • | 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


  • 9 months ago

    Sunnyboya

    @Penny 28... Qxg1   29. Ke2 Qxg2.

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

  • 11 months ago

    TomGinTX

    @Penny: 18 Bh7+

  • 12 months ago

    scc314

    Solved this puzzle the moment I saw it.

  • 12 months ago

    adilshanu

    it was cool

  • 12 months ago

    PennytheGrandMaster

  • 12 months ago

    UIUCBoss

    worst move is resign

  • 12 months ago

    luigi72

    Great article!!!! Thanks

  • 12 months ago

    Lawdoginator

    :)

  • 12 months 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.

  • 12 months ago

    OVAIDO

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

  • 12 months ago

    IM DanielRensch

    LOL Lawdog :-P

  • 12 months ago

    manuelgtz20

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

  • 12 months ago

    Lawdoginator

    That's ten master class points, Josh! 

  • 12 months ago

    Methodik

    Lol

  • 12 months ago

    Timothy_P

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

  • 12 months ago

    Methusala

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

  • 12 months ago

    Methusala

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

  • 12 months ago

    NM GargleBlaster

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

  • 12 months ago

    IM DanielRensch

    So great to have Bruce on our team!

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