9056 Players currently online!
Man vs. Machine - good luck!
Turn-based games at any time!
Vote for the best move to win!
Do you have what it takes?
Sharpen your tactical vision!
Get advice and game insights!
Learn from top players & pros!
View millions of master games!
Your virtual chess coach!
Perfect your opening moves!
Test your skills vs. computer!
Find the right private coach!
Can you solve it each day?
Bring it all together!
Beginners, start here!
Make friends & play team games!
News from the world of chess!
Search all Chess.com members!
Find local clubs & events!
Who's the best of your friends?
Read what members are saying!
Not bad. Not bad at all...
good one, but easy
Beautiful double sac to expose King.
Easy when you know there is a mate ... but how many people would even think there was a mate on in this position in an actual game?
Knowing it was "mate in 6" really helped - Just knowing it was a puzzle with a possible mate helped. I got it with no errors, but I'm sure I would not have gotten it in a real game.
Knowing it would be checkmate win for white, I knew every move had to be a check. So I sacrificed my rook and then my bishop right off. Then on move 5, Nf4+ was clearly better than sacrificing my one remaining Rook
In a way, recognizing that the final Rh5 was checkmate was one of the more difficult parts of the puzzle. It took a second careful look to see that all black king's escape squares were blocked.
By the way, reviewing the puzzle, I note that Black could have moved5. ... Kg5, but my rook was protected at h5 by the knight, so 6. Rh5 would have been checkmate anyway.
I really liked that open board chackmate. Rare.
Whew, my finger is tired.
Probably anyone who got into this position in the first place, given that white is missing his queen. :) The mate must have been seen and the queen sacrificed already to set it up, set out deliberately as a trap, or just neglected, knowing it didn't matter.
Really the only hard thing about seeing this mate in a game as given (not having deliberately set it up this way in the first place) is that there were two sacrifices, which is a pretty strong barrier to imagination. It was so incredibly forcing, though, and the followup with the second rook so evident, that it wasn't actually at all intimidating to calculate. So I could see a fair number of people playing this correctly if it was handed to them as a unspecified "interesting position" or some such, maybe even with the black queen off the board to take away that clue.
As a Friday puzzle, it was a bit disappointingly easy, if pretty.
We are thankful for having chess.com. We are overseas filipino workers here in Saudi Arabia. Playing chess on-line after work is our one way to ease our homesickness. I love also solving your daily puzzles...but sad to say, puzzle which are mate in 2 or 3 moves are not interesting. We are looking for a puzzle that really blow one's mind, puzzle mate in 5 or more moves are much bette. Thank you & more power!
For me it is a difficult puzzle.
Want more chess puzzles? Want a tactics rating? Check out the Tactics Trainer and 10,000+ tactical puzzles!
I like these longer 6 move mate puzzles. They involve a little more of the mid-game thinking.
5/20/2013 - Mate in 3
by Rameish a few minutes ago
What did it take for you to get your title?
by kco a few minutes ago
Dvoretsky's endgame manual
by ViktorHNielsen 3 minutes ago
My first Puzzle :o)
by Tweak_Imp 3 minutes ago
Study Partner for "My System" by Nimzowitsch
by CaptJaneway 3 minutes ago
Solve this Riddle if you can
by LoekBergman 4 minutes ago
Any Italian chess parks?
by FlintLockwood 11 minutes ago
by conan520 12 minutes ago
Chess for Kids
by Erika1978 14 minutes ago
by pepeitox 15 minutes ago
Why Join | Chess Topics |
Help & Support |
© 2013 Chess.com