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Good puzzle if you ask me.
Very good puzzle indeed. Many people who said that this puzzle was easy probably missed the point of the puzzle.
The people who said that this position would never show up in a real game may be correct. However, in a real game, it is very probable that Black would have been worse off. It is indeed lucky for Black that the Queen, which was the target of a double attack, was able to not only save herself, but defend against mate. In most cases, it is far more likely that the Queen would have just been lost. Fantastic puzzle.
what am i missing? why wouldn´t the black queen take the rook in f7?
Because the Queen is defending against Qh6#.
nice puzzle..kind of hard. took me a couple of tries
why did the queen move to f8 instead of any other square?
g5 to h6 check
a little harder pls
This was one where I made all the right moves, but never saw how they went to checkmate until very near the end.
The first move was good because it threatened black's queen and at the same time preventing the king from capturing my queen at h6. If the g-pawn captures my knight, then Qxh5 checkmate. If black queen moves anywhere but to f8, then 2. Qh6#.
Another possibility for black would be to move the rook from g8 (probably to e8), creating an escape square for his king. I'm not sure I would find a mating sequence in that case, but I know I can trade my knight for black's queen. But then I would see 2.Qh6 and 3.Qg7 as even better than capturing black's Queen.
So, okay, Black moves 1. ... Qf8., but now my rook can pull the queen out of there with 2. Rxf7+. UhOh, black keeps his queen in position by moving his King to h8. So now, I get rid if the queen by capturing it. My Rook gets captured, but now there is no way to stop me from checkmating with the Qh6 - Qg7# sequence, all protected by that knight I put in place on my first move (seeing it as primarily a threat to the black queen).
Had black captured my rook at f7 with his queen, I would have moved Qh6#. But black might have interposed his queen. It still would have been Qh6#, because the black queen was pinned by my rook.
What a lovely first move that was (even though I saw only part of its potential when I made it).
You are right about 1.Nf5 gxf5, 2. Qh6#. I missed that, but I saw
1.Nf5 gxf5, 2.Qh5# which works just as well.
Easy. :] Interesting. :]
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