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Mate in two
1 gxh7 doesn't work, even though all the most obvious replies fail:
1 ... Bxh7 2. Qe6#
1 ... Rxh7 2. Qe5#
1 ... d3 2. Qxe4#
1 ... [most others] 2. hxg8=Q#
But black does have one rejoinder to 1 gxh7 that allows him to hold off mate for one additional move. Can you find it?
Very nice puzzle!! It was harder then usual! (That is good!)
the pawn marches on to become a queen!!
I love TAL
I don't understand your second variation
1... Rxh7+ 2. Qe5#
White's king is in check by the rook buddy, you can't take on e5 just yet. As far as I'm concerned, that delays mate-in-2 to mate-in-3 just fine.
Tal's a legend.
I really don't understand this one. Why doesn't Black just take the pawn with the bishop and give up the rook?
When the puzzle ends, doesn't Kd8 prolong mate for quite awhile?
Blacks should have gone back with the rock, and loosing the bishop, take the pawn, shouldn´t ?
Yes. Black needed to play 1...Rh7, leaving material equal after 2. fxg7 Rxg7, with white having two minor pieces for a rook and a pawn. White's position appears superior though. I would evaluate the position as such:
1. White has two minor pieces for a rook.
2. White's king is much safer than black's king.
3. Black's rook on g7 is awkwardly placed.
4. Perhaps white grabs the h-file immediately with 3. Rh1.
5. The white player is Tal!
#5 makes it a winning position no matter what the board looks like.
Giving up the rook allows White the material advantage and control of the h-file, black was better off retreating it. But even then, as Renata and others have said, white is still very much in a dominating position.
Kd8 will delay mate, but all this does is allow Black to lose his queen and his rook, and black is left with one bishop and one knight to fend off White's TWO bishops and TWO knights.
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