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I done it within 5 seconds. I dont know whether it was easy or something else.
Very good, easy...
Nice.. at first just finding a way make good for the rook and it opens up. good puzzle.
I like it! A very interesting combination.
I don't get this puzzle. Why would white take the rook? It's like the worst possible move. How about this variation?1...Rxe2 2. Qc8+ Qxc8 3. Rxc8+ Kxc8 4. Bxg7
It's still winning for black, but at least it's not an instant mate.
Agreed. White would never take the rook, white would redirect the Black queen off that diagonal and give up some material to take the fangs off Black's attack. Strange, usually the puzzles offer the best moves on both sides.
Can't white even keep the rook by 2. Qf3? Black will follow with Bxe5 and the white king will move away to a1 or c1. There is no way to mate him again (Qh3 would give white the possibility to push the king into the corner with Qf2 and than exchanging queens on f1, saving his rook as well). So probably the best move would be to protect his own queen with Rd2. Giving black only one pawn and a bishop.
First of all, as Renata said, White's queen CANNOT go to f3. Secondly, by moving the White queen to c6 (as I'm sure you meant) is followed by
2... Bxd4+ and the King has two choices
3. Kf1 is followed by 3.. Rf2+
and 3. Kh1 is followed by 3..Re1+ 4. Kg2 Rxc1 and you've allowed Black to win a Rook outright. Queens can be traded or not, but you've allowed a single queen to fend off Black's Rook, Bishop AND Queen.
Whereas Qc8+ trades off the Queens and sacrifices the rook to get black's bishop. At least this way it's a single rook vs a single bishop and two extra pawns. Black is still losing, but Qc8+ gives him more of a fighting chance.
What about 2) Qc8+ Qxc8 3) Rxc8+ Kxc8 4) Bxg7 ?
Black still wins since he is down the exchange and a pawn but there is no mate.
White should just play Qc8 and lose the rook and queen for queen and bishop. He'd still be losing, but not forced checkmate.
Ah, how silly of me, of course it's worse when you allow Bxd4+ first.
Anyway, white can pack it in regardless. The gained tempo on the bishop is definitive in all lines and it's all over but the shouting.
nice puzzle there.
Unusually difficult for a Monday I'd say...
That's because it's a Monday.
Got it pretty easily as soon as I saw white had no mating threats.
Nice and very easy... Thanks.
Great puzzle for a monday!!!!!!!!!!
I guess they're branching out a bit, showing more puzzles where the ultimate threat of a first-move idea is given, rather than the computer-generated best moves. I'm not sure if I agree with the idea in this case or not. It's all very confusing. :)
The title was a decent clue you were not necessarily looking for a forced mate, though. All in all I like the shift in emphasis.
Agreed and still instructive in that many would make the same mistake of the puzzle.
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