# Pandolfini's Puzzler #9 - Six Hard Moves

• NM brucepandolfini
• | Sep 27, 2013
• | 4646 views
• | 18 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.”
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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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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;

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• 3 weeks ago

liveoak Thank you!

• 3 weeks ago

nice

• 12 months ago

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

• 13 months ago

Nice.

• 14 months ago

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

• 14 months ago

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

• 14 months ago

very good

• 14 months ago

I love professor pando!

• 14 months ago

Benzoo is GM Ben Finegold

• 14 months ago

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

• 14 months ago

black queen = checkmate from white

• 14 months ago
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• 14 months ago

Nice.

• 14 months ago

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

• 14 months ago

Nice...

• 14 months ago

Nice the puzzle was easy but funny

• 14 months ago

Good puzzle!