# Pandolfini's Puzzler #6 - Yes he can!

• NM brucepandolfini
• | Sep 6, 2013
• | 6143 views

“Some situations seem so innocent,” Professor Pando observed.
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“Yet even the simplest positions can hide a clever tactic.”
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“Take a look at the following position, with White to move.”
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Question: How can White win a rook by force?
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At first, Lucian looked at checking, either Ra1-a8+ or Ra1-d1+. But neither move won a rook.
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He also thought about 1. Ra1-a7. But that didn’t win a rook either.
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Then Lucian got an idea. “I think I have the answer.”
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What winning move did Lucian find?
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Answers Below - Try to solve ProfessorPando's Puzzle first!
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Lucian came up with the startling 1. 0-0-0+! – a strange double attack that wins the Black rook.
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Take note
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Yes, White can castle. His rook goes through “check,” but not his king.
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Castling is OK here!
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Also, don’t automatically assume that castling is a defensive move. Sometimes, it’s done merely for attacking purposes.
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• 22 months ago

SWEEET! NICE ONE!

• 23 months ago

somehow i found it funny.. good puzzle

• 23 months ago

Ha... this is cute, but it's a "trick" not a tactic.  It plays on the fact that most people would consider that castling is no longer a option.  If you know that castling is an option, you can't miss it.

• 24 months ago

Should say you can still castle in that position.

• 24 months ago

Well, it would be very rare to reach an endgame like this where the white king had not yet moved (and thus was able to castle). I think that's what makes this one so tricky.

• 2 years ago

simple and beautiful

• 2 years ago

Never thought about that! Nice one!

• 2 years ago

Wow! I learned something new today. The rook can pass thru an attack during a castle. I thought it was the King and Rook that couldn't pass through an attack. Bruce's books are so imformative or are they Ben's? lol.

• 2 years ago

• 2 years ago

Didn't even go for castling,nice one

• 2 years ago

Haha, good puzzle.

• 2 years ago

How can one think of castling here? Its a endgame, and usually it will be thought ( atleast I did, maybe others too) casteling had already been done.

even though, it was a good one.

• 2 years ago

easy

• 2 years ago

Woah, nice!