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Wow, What a puzzle! I think it's flawed for 2 reasons though. Black could have used his h3 bishop first to block check from the white rook, and that would have been protected by the black king. Also in the solution black loses tempo with a retreat to (c8?) rather than eating the unprotected rook in front of him (I think move 5). So I'm not sure I would follow this line exactly unless I thought little of my opponent. It's too big a leap of faith, and frankly I don't think it would work if black played stronger. That said, the ending is brilliant because the bishop simultaneously gives check AND protects the rook beyond the king. That's a great lesson to take from this puzzle. Thanks!
Black did interpose with the h3 bishop in 4... Bd7, which was promptly swallowed by white's rook in 5. Rxd7.
After 5. Rxd7, Black could not have taken the rook with move 5... Kxd7, because this would have led to mate in the following 2 moves:
6. Bb5+ Kd8, 7. Re8#
Why couldn't the king take the rook?
Because Black would have been mated in the following 2 moves:
6. Bb5 Kd8, 7. Re8#
Bishop check on e6 is mate in two
No. Assuming that you would have attempted this in the first move 1. Be6+, Black would have replied with the move 1... Bh3xe6
I really don't understand why the knight needs to take on a7 first.
A clearance move for five stinkin' moves later -- the bishop needs that spot for the pincer check. This puzzle's awesome and all the "mate in 2, what a stupid puzzle!" comments are gettin' me down. Am sadface.
This is certainly a neat puzzle. I enjoyed it. It did take several tries for me,and at least for me, was not obvious. Although if I was playing black on move 5 I would have captured the Rook on d7 instead of moving to c8, which the King did eventually. Unless I missed or overlooked something, I think he could have done so. That threw me off. I am sure there is a reason the King did not do so on move 5, I just don't see it at this time. I will have to look again. Anyone know?
i don't understand!
why not Ae6+ ?
help me, it's a mate in 2 for me
black's bishop on b3
Why not light squared bishop to e6? followed by white queen to d7?
This one's got me?? Y not take the Rook Insted of moving the king? I had mate in two also. Thats not an issue with me but not taking the rook drives me crazy. Wats up? Could someone out there please explain
No mate in two. There's a black bishop on h3 you overlooked.
The first move
1. Nxa7 served only one purpose: The Night had to vacate the b5 square, in order to allow the Bishop on c3 to attack the d7 square from b5, if and when it became necessary. And it did become necessary 5 moves later, after white played 5. Rxd7.
Indeed, after the move 5. Rxd7, the Black King could have gobbled up the White Rook on d7, were it not for the white bishop on c3 that was poised to leap to b5 to attack anything sitting on the d7 square.
The Night had to vacate the b5 square.
However, notice that, had Black regained tempo, Black's first move would have been 1... Bf8-c5, pinning the White Queen to the King, and capturing her a move later.
White had to move the Night from b5 without loosing tempo. Therefore, the Night had to vacate the b5 square while giving check. The move 1. Nd6 would have given check, but would have been met with 1... Bf8xd6, which would have have led to anything but mate in 7 for White.
The only other move with check by the Night was 1. Nxa7.
Everyone!!! read the comments before posting "Why not Be6+?". as about 20 people have pointed out, there is a bishop on h3.
look at h3
I saw but didn't understand the 5th move at 1st; however, as I analyzed the position it all came together.
Cooooool one !!!!!!
Calling people names is not proper.
...dont' like passing up multiple other mates to find some obscure 7th one..
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