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12/29/2011 - Mate in 5


  • 3 years ago · Quote · #121

    Sweagenv2

    This is an awesome puzzle!

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #122

    rdynabll

    Jsar wrote:

    what am i missing? why wouldn´t the black queen take the rook in f7? 


    Cause then its mate in 1 with queen to h6

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #123

    Karl_Kreidbaum

    This puzzle is helpful for normal plying. In most cases you have not the horizon to see until the mate. Assume your horizon to see a mate is limited to 2 moves. (The reason may be for example lack of experience or lack of time.) In real life your horizon in chess is limited and you have to do the best within that limit.

    At the first look black has at all one pawn more than white.

    Nf5 creates a mate threat that may be overlokked and has no obvious disadvantages.Assume you have no better ideas. Than move Nf5. Perhaps black overlooks the threat. If he does, white has won. If he does not, he has to do something against it.

    Any moves with the king lead to direct mate. A move with the rook leads to mate within 2 moves by Q->h6->g7. Mate within 2 moves are within your horizon of 2 moves.

    Black blocks the this threat by Qf8. The Queen is tied to control h6. Now white can take pawn f7+ and ask the queen to get away or keep control over h6.

    Decision of black: keeping control over h6 by the queen and get away with the king. Still the mate is out of horizon of white, but a normal move is to take the queen. It has no obvious disadvantages and white has better material.

    Black takes the rook and now the mate within 2 moves is in the horizon.White wins.

    This puzzle shows a rule of thumb: if you can threat with a mate without disadvantages: do it!

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #124

    banjoknights1

    cool

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #125

    jakeryan150482

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #126

    LloydG

    brazenbishop101 wrote:

    Quite fun


    yes very nice

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #127

    shadowyfire365

    coolFoot in mouth

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #128

    edgarsgrapmanis

    good

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #129

    m_majid_khan

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #130

    m_majid_khan

    tepcal

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #131

    ErnestsJ

    Manalika wrote:

    why did the queen move to f8 instead of any other square?


    Because otherwise Qh6 - mate

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #132

    idraz

    you can do check mate in 2

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #133

    FredBatchelor

    Mighty fine. 

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #134

    chessman259

    fun

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #135

    tony972

    Nice

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #136

    Sunnyboya

    Good puzzle if you ask me.

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #137

    Hoganhaben

    figured!

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #138

    ChessChump99207

    nice

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #139

    bluejay2000

    nice

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #140

    BluePenguin

    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.


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