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Found it in thr Chess players hand book by Howard Staunton...
I actually got it.
Can someone tell me why this puzzle is mate in 6? When I looked at it I saw this variation. Looks like black can last 7 moves.
Still mate in 6. In your variation, white can instead play 5 Nd8+ Kh8 (5...Kf8 6 Qf7#) 6 Qe8#
took me literally 2 seconds to solve all 6 moves, done the smothered mate in about 20 blitz game and it still gives me a smile.
Nice and easy.. tks..
My friend forcifer
you question is good.i am not a master or genius in this game so dont take other wise.
you have asked why the variation which you thought cant be answer of this puzzle because a rational player playing from black side will get it easily after the first move of white that mate is definate in 6 moves.by going your way black will lose another 5 points of rock.
probably that is why 6 moves is answer.if i am wrong then please enlighten me, i am here to learn not for boasting my ego. your suggestion will be appreciated.
Classical... But 1st black's move is unnecessary as it's not a proper defense and it's not expected to be played by any human player... If any side is able to realize how undefendable is its position it's better to resign instead of giving its queen away...
A classic combination!
Very interesting & educative puzzle.
I have a bit of an addendum to melogibbo's analysis. There two different ways to get to mate in 6 if the rook gets involved.
I think that in terms of the lesson involved, the smothered mate version gets driven home a lot more efficiently than the interference tactic displayed in the above version. The above version is also a bit more difficult to find, in my opinion; so maybe the folks at Chess.com decided to do the smothered mate for Tuesday.
It should be a mate in 7. I have no idea why the rook doesn't block.
classic game by bobby fischer
familiar pattern but always enjoyable.....
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