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5/16/2012 - Challenging Mate in 2


  • 2 years ago · Quote · #81

    rjavier

    I think they labeled this as being difficult because Nabokov considered placing this puzzle in his book. Otherwise, it wouldn't make much sense, their comment, that is...

  • 2 years ago · Quote · #82

    Gil-Gandel

    More "unchallenging": queen sac, something like an Arabs' mate, done and dusted.

  • 2 years ago · Quote · #83

    onefineham

    BAMM!

  • 2 years ago · Quote · #84

    Deltaquad

    If this forum a bit more regulated by the moderator, then the one who say "first" or "Second" or so on, should be banned for a week. Then, I believe no one will want to say first, second and so on. LOL :)

  • 2 years ago · Quote · #85

    Sola7

    why wouldn't Rxd5 work. also results in a mate in 2

  • 2 years ago · Quote · #86

    The_Hugatunk

    FIRST

    NICE

  • 2 years ago · Quote · #87

    FredBatchelor

    Mighty fine.

  • 2 years ago · Quote · #88

    The_Hugatunk

    nice

  • 2 years ago · Quote · #89

    thaxiss

    Rook captures D5 wins too, doesn't it?

  • 2 years ago · Quote · #90

    thaxiss

    No, I guess ... B d3 slows it down one move. never mind

  • 2 years ago · Quote · #91

    xray

    something worthwhile!

  • 2 years ago · Quote · #92

    szammie

    Nice.

    SZ.

  • 2 years ago · Quote · #93

    Gump647

    Jonmdill wrote:

    Never say first again. Why would you say first. Stop it.

     

    Oh, and I also don't care if you found it easy. So did 50% of the commentors. Let's try saying something worthwile once in a while.

    Thank you. The itallicized text before you type even says: "Please be helpful, relevant, and nice" 

  • 2 years ago · Quote · #94

    chuckchess

    Relevant, helpful and nice, how's that?

  • 2 years ago · Quote · #95

    freebie

    "Challenging"?  Okay, it does a good queen sac illustration though.  The title implies a forced mate.  Besides, you can see the needed coverage for the rook.  More like a Monday puzz than a Wednesday puzz.

  • 2 years ago · Quote · #96

    dufferps

    I found the Queen Sacrifice solution only because I knew it was to be a mate-in-two, and I diligently searched until I found it.

    In a game I would probably have captured the rook at h8 with my queen, expecting:
    1. ...    Qh6+
    2. Kb1  Qxe6 (or ...  Nd7)

    As the board opens up to us, Black is up a knight, but White is poised to capture the knight at d5 with his pawn (at this point he has six pawns to black's 3) or trade his remainging knight for Black's h-rook.  Either way, White should win. 

     I doubt that in a game I would have had the mind set to look for a queen sacrifice forced checkmate.  I would have been too focused on equalizing the material pieces while keeping my pawns advantage for the endgame, and keeping the positional advantage of the "bottled up" pieces in the upper left corner. 

  • 2 years ago · Quote · #97

    damongross

    Nice!  I like this one a lot!

  • 2 years ago · Quote · #98

    deepak64

    Too good puzzle. Thanks chess.com. I am happy today, I could solve it.

  • 2 years ago · Quote · #99

    jorgheb12

    good

  • 2 years ago · Quote · #100

    _36darshan--

    A beginner's problem again.


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