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yay! an easy one! daily puzzles are getting hard
A desperate black after he blunders by taking queen nice
After Qxd2 .... black could have responded with Qf6 ....
I can't see how white could counter this move. Any suggestions?
Well, White has just won a rook, so he could just move his Q out of the way and keep the material. But after 1....Qf6, 2.Nd5 looks quite nice, threat Nxf6+. Black has to keep his Q guarding e7 and d8 otherwise White has 3. Ne7+ and 4.Qxd8#. Black's options are 2...Qd6 or Qh4. Then 3.Rxg4 wins the B because Black can't recapture. Black is rapidly running out of pieces while White's attack just gets stronger. In short, after 1.Qxd2, Black is toast.
nice and easy!
this puzle very easy
I wish some of my games were that easy!
Not all that easy for Sunday. First, I had to look pretty long at the board before I saw the Queen sacrifice win. Then there is always the issue of "What is the opponent's best response?" Clearly when taking the queen is a certain game-loser, he will look for something better. White is now a rook ahead, and the attack on d1 is clearly a fizzle. But at least black can defend against the immediate threats.
Moving the defending rook back next to the king (in this case Rf8) is always a defensive move to be considered. Moving a pawn to provide an escape square for the King is another (not a good choice in this case, I think). Bringing up protection of the threatened back-row rook is another approach. (In this case, Qf6 has been suggested and it is worth considering - white is not likely going to trade his queen for that second rook - EDIT: hoipolloi does a good job of showing how white could counter that defense). In any case, if black makes a better response to the initial Qxd2, the continuation is no longer a Sunday-easy matter.Still, we can say that the initial capture of the rook at d2 was in itself a solution. A rook advantage, spoiling a four-pronged attack, and forcing the opponent to defend is quite worthy of being called a "solution" even when it doesn't lead to immediate mate. Perhaps daily puzzle has to make black blunder in response just to illustrate WHY the initial Qxd2 was a good move.
EDIT2: If black responded with the conservative 1. ... Rf8, white has several interesting moves to consider. 2. Qd6, covers both the b8 and f8 squares - two moves to mate. However, it leaves the f2-pawn exposed and white would lose the pawn and have to delay or abandon the attack to defend his king. My own approach (given my rook and three-pawns advantage) would be to move 2. Qd1, pushing for an even trade. Any move by black to avoid trading qeens results in loss of the bishop.
Good for a Sunday :)
easy peasy, even I could do it!
Actually not the easiest puzzle I have seen!
good 1 , for a sunday
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