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White gets one Queen, and a pawn.10 points. Black gets a Rook, and a Knight.8 points. I don't
think it's too bad.
Ouch, black just got burned.
pretty easy, this time it wasn't a mate.
Black can still win with the squirrel defense.
It goes like this. Black yells "Hey, a squirrel", and urgently points to the wall behind White's back. Then, when White turns around to look, Black puts the queen back on the board. E1 is a good square, but there are others.
Of course this defense is dependent on White's fascination with squirrels.
I don't like 2...Kxh6 either - it's just throwing away the queen (albeit for a rook) but all of black's choices are bad. How did black get into such a mess ?
In *all* these problems, black is a mess. That's why the combinations work. Stockfish agrees that Kxh6 is the best move, with a score of about +3. I didn't care for the defense either, but then I worked through it. The black K gets forked on h6 or h8, or a full rook+pawn drops.
Stockfish ? Is that some kind of chess engine - I've never used one.
I made the comment about black having got into a mess because this puzzle has the feel of one lifted from a real game & not one that's been composed.Having looked at it again, I'm coming around to thinking the given solution isn't so bad since black eventually wins knight & rook for the queen & pawn but white is obviously winning.
I don't understand your last comment about 'fork on ... h8 or a rook & pawn drops' - can you elaborate ?In the end I prefer my puzzles to be more cut & dried.
White's problems may not be over!
another enjoyable one.........
Stockfish is a free chess engine that runs on my Mac. I don't know how it compares to commercial programs, but I can't beat it.
Let's not forget white's immediate threat:
1. Rxh6 a5 (a silly move just to see the threat) 2. Rxg6+ Kf8 3. Rxh8+ Ke7 4. Rg7+ Kf6 5. Rf7#
So black must take some decisive action.
Why h8? If black tries some other defense, the R on h8 is vulnerable.
for example: 1. Rxh6 a5 (pretend we don't see the mate) 2. Rxh8 Rxh8 3. Rxh8 Kxh8 4. Nf7+ and the queen falls for the price of a knight. h6 and h8 are both fatal squares for the black K.
1. ... Qf8 drops a rook or loses a queen for a rook. This is fatal.
1. ... Rh7 (to get off the h6 and h8 squares) simply drops a rook and a bishop.
1. ... Kf6 and g5 etc drop the h8 rook
I can assure people on the forum that if white gets in the K-Q fork, black's position is terminal. Black can't survive a free-ranging white queen without careful preparation. And there isn't any.
Edit - I made the first few moves, up until Kxh6. Then I let Stockfish grind. In the next 9 moves, it shows white up by 3.5 pts. Black didn't sacrifice a piece - he has no compensation.
This was a good one had me thinking for a second
good one indeed.
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Very good puzzle.
nice and easy
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