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nice played, nice puzzle.
Easy puzzle but nice one.:]
dufferps wrote:White wins with almost any play, but he gets a mate-in-3 by starting with 1.Qf5. I think black give him the mate-in-3 by his response, 1. ... Kc6.
I think black should have responded 1. ... Nxb4. White would still win, but I don't see how it could then be mate-in-the next two moves. I have looked at several scenarios; none resulted in mate in the next 2 moves:
2. Kb7 Bf6, 3. Queen can check from f6, e6, or d7, Black escapes to xc5. 3. Ne4+ Ke7 ....
2. Nb7+ Kb6 3. Queen can check from e4, e6, ot d7. In each case Black has at least one escape squares, and only 3.Qd7 removes interposition as an option for black.
Because of all this, I prefer to start: 1. Qa6+ Nb6 (forced) 2. Qxb6+ Kd5 (forced) 3. Qe6+ Kd4 (forced)
No mate-in-3 but every response was forced, and now I'm in position to capture black's last piece.
4. Qxe7 Kd5 or Kd3 or Kc3 or Kc4 5. Qe4 (check, unless 4. ... Kc3)
Now white's only concern is to avoid stalemate.
Nice and forced.
I took me some time to find the first move...
an unforced + move allows black-n+
Quite easy but good one!
I liked this one mucho. The first move forcing one response from black or it's mate. Very nice for Saturday!
not my fave
Looks hard to me.
Not the way would have solved it !
I need more practice.
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