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What a puzzle?????? I had to drink 5 bottles of beer, 4 shots of Whiskey to solve it. The most difficult puzzle ever made.
This is a puzzle: Loyd 1903: Mate in 3 (with explanation - please, read it all before potential commenting; just replay the puzzle after solving it):
Am I missing something; doesn't this work also? 1.Bc6+ Kd4 forced 2. Rf3 mate!
Good line. Black has one more move -- 2. ... Be5, but then it is Bxe5#
And that is much more natural than the two moves by the king allowing black to promote.
Also, what if black promoted to a knight instead of a Queen? (Well, there's still the Bc6+ move suggested by wheelsonfire.)
EDIT: But Whoops!! as E-Kuko points out, we both missed the black response to 2. Rf3 ... advancing the pawn to e5 --
So now the question "What if black promoted to a knight instead of Queen?" becomes relevant -- as does the question "What if black plays 1. ... Kxe4 instead of promoting his pawn?" I have to try these out, but they don't look like the dramatic mates in the solution.
The latter question is pretty easily answered:1. Ke2 Kxe42. Bd3+ Kd43. Rxe6+ Be54. Bxe5#
but 1. Ke2 f1=N+ provides, I think, a stickier problem White has six legal moves: Kxf1, Kd1, Kf3, Kd3, Nf2, and Rf2+Black has several interesting responses to each of these. -- I just don't see any easy solution.
If Black promotes to Knight, then: 2. Rf2+ Kxe4 (only move), 3. Bd3 mate. ;-)
Just as it says.Please be relevant, helpful & nice!
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