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Pandolfini's Puzzler #9 - Six Hard Moves

  • NM brucepandolfini
  • | Sep 27, 2013
  • | 4295 views
  • | 16 comments

“Occasionally,” Professor Pando began, “I lighten up and pose easy problems anyone can solve, even a novice. Cast your eyes on the following position.” 
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White to move
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Question: How can White checkmate Black in six moves?” 
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“Six moves?” Zephyr asked. “That’s not an easy thing to do, to look six moves ahead. There are so many possibilities.” 
bishop_enthusiastic white.png
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But then Zephyr really began to look at the position. And she noticed something -- and she chuckled. 
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“Oh, the problem is really very easy.”
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What did Zephyr mean? 
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Answer below - Try to solve ProfessorPando's Puzzler first!
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ANSWER #9
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Zephyr soon understood that all six moves were forced (except Black’s 5th move). 
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The variation Zephyr found was: 1. d4 b5 2. d5 b4 3. axb4 a3 4. b5 a2 5. b6 a1=Q (or Black could underpromote as well) 6. b7 mate!
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Take note
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The present example shows that the difficulty of problem is not solely based on its length. A short problem can be very hard and a long one can be very easy.
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RELATED STUDY MATERIAL

- Watch Benzoo's videos on king and pawn endings, part onepart two and part three;

- Read and solve Bounding Owl's puzzles on king and pawn endings.

Comments


  • 9 months ago

    Hiteshiitk

    puzzle was so easy that everyone (one who never played chess, but knows the rules) will solve, as whites move are all forces :D

  • 11 months ago

    Sunnyboya

    Nice.

  • 11 months ago

    badwitch0629

    At first it was confusing... but then it was surpisingly easy.

  • 12 months ago

    scacchistasupremo

    it isn't a real problem because every move is the only one

  • 12 months ago

    thegreatauk

    very good

  • 12 months ago

    Chrosmic

    I love professor pando!

  • 12 months ago

    winston0709

    Benzoo is GM Ben Finegold

  • 12 months ago

    makhnoukh

    Fun!  I set it up on my chess board and it ended up being too easy.

  • 12 months ago

    winston0709

    black queen = checkmate from white

  • 12 months ago

    tliu1222

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  • 12 months ago

    JJZ03

    Nice.

  • 12 months ago

    Kinn72

    Nothing easier than both sides having only 1 move available for every move.

  • 12 months ago

    Jeekeat

    Nice...

  • 12 months ago

    Dare-Dare

    Nice the puzzle was easy but funny

  • 12 months ago

    GSHAPIROY

    Good puzzle!

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