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What's wrong with using smothered mate in 5? So it takes one move longer, so what? How is that incorrect? Someone explain that to me, I think it's absurd.
Because it says mate in 4 not just mate in general. It's not wrong in a real game it's just not following directions
I was blindsided. I was so into the smothered mate pattern that I failed to consider any alternatives.
I think that was the point of this puzzle. To look at all combinations
I thought it would be smothered mate.
Yes, so did I at first; however, smother mate would have taken 5 moves.
4 moves instead of 5.
More aestetic :D I opted for this one too ^^
Even though I saw both...I'd take the extra move for a smother mate in a real game. Even if I had .5 seconds on the clock. I play chess to have fun. Smother mates are fun =P.
The puzzle would have been better with the rook on C8, after NC7+, RXN is met with QD8+ followed by mate or KB8; NA6+ double check, RA8, QB8+, RXQ and NC7++
Solved in 4. I have solved this puzzle.
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1.d5 - Re3 2.Qc7+ Ka8 3.Qc8#
why not 1.. Rc8
1.Rc8 ? then Qa7#
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