11597 Players currently online!
Man vs. Machine - good luck!
Turn-based games at any time!
Vote for the best move to win!
Do you have what it takes?
Sharpen your tactical vision!
Get advice and game insights!
Learn from top players & pros!
View millions of master games!
Your virtual chess coach!
Perfect your opening moves!
Test your skills vs. computer!
Find the right private coach!
Can you solve it each day?
Bring it all together!
Beginners, start here!
Make friends & play team games!
News from the world of chess!
Search all Chess.com members!
Find local clubs & events!
Who's the best of your friends?
Read what members are saying!
easy, but a great puzzle :)
This is one I would never get in a game. Only knowing that there is a checkmate in the offing for Black will let me find this sequence for White - particularly the key rook sacrifice which puts the Black King at h8, behind the pinned pawn.
Then again .... in a game I would be desparate enough to try any attack, since I can find no defense against the threatened ... Qg2#. It is clear that my only defense is an offense - meaning every move must check the Black King. The first move is a pretty easy choice. I can check with 1.Qd8+ or with 1.Re8+. I like my Queen's position, and my Rook is doing nothing vital (given that the immediate threat is ...Qg2#, and ...Qe1# is superfluous). So my "last ditch" effort would be 1.Re8+ (and I pray that Black defends by interposing his Knight, allowing me to move 2.Qxg7#).
But no, Black escapes, 2. ... Kh7. NOW, I must find a way to check the Black King (staving off ...Qg2#), and my choices are a Queen sacrifice and a Rook sacrifice. Experience with chess.com puzzles tells me that a Queen sacrifice is the way to go, but in a game I would normally prefer sacrificing a Rook to sacrificing my Queen ---- and, Hey, 2. Rh8+ Kxh8 puts Black's King at h8, - still vulnerable to a check by my Queen, and now 3.Qh6+ is not a Queen sacrifice; the Black King is no longer on an adjacent square to capture my Queen, and my Bishop has the g7 pawn PINNED, and unable to capture my Queen. How fortunate!Black King escapes to g8, but now I have an easy checkmate -- 4.Qxg7#.
And all because I was forced, by Black's imminent ...Qg2#, to check Black's King on every move.
Give it up for all the africans
They all say: Oh, so this puzzle is easy! But can you see it if it happens during your game?
Mate in two. Rook to e8, Queen to h5
the puzzle was fun
Uh no. The black queen will just take your white queen.
I love these kinds of puzzles, where you can be mated in one move. Not only does it make the puzzle easier, but it's also nice to know that this position will probably not happen during a game.
nice and helpful
My debut game
by JamieKowalski a few minutes ago
by binblaster a few minutes ago
6/19/2013 - Short and Sweet
by mluz a few minutes ago
by BhomasTrown 5 minutes ago
Really Bad Sportsmanship in Real Tournaments
by IpswichMatt 5 minutes ago
Tal Memorial '13
by conejiux 10 minutes ago
List of Good Admins and SuperAdmins
by Cogwheel 11 minutes ago
by ilgambittoo 14 minutes ago
5/30/2013 - Imaginative Mating Idea
by GM_AHMADBUKNNAN 15 minutes ago
I feel that I deserve a higher rating
by RandyRhoads 17 minutes ago
Why Join | Chess Topics |
Help & Support |
© 2013 Chess.com