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Was this a problem?? To simple.
Exploitation du couloir.
easy lasy checkmate 3. Rxe8#!
I'm not sure if there is a name for what is happening to me, but I've kind of gone backwards into this abyss of tactical confusion. It takes me much longer to spot and decide on a tactical direction than in the past.
After this position clicked, it seemed obvious and "easy" as some put it. But until that very moment, it seemed like I had no real direction in my tactical query. It is very frustrating. If I am at a pathetic plateau, I certainly hope it passes very soon.
I'm glad Chess.com puts these up without description of the motif.
Had to think a little..nice!
simple, but good reminder.
My first thought was:
1. Nxf7 Rxf7, 2. Qxh8#
However, Black would see that coming and respond 1. ... Rhg8 So then 2. Nh6+ Rf7 3. Qxf7#
But black has an even better response:
1. Nxf7 Kg8 and white has no check in sight.
Gotta look for a better first move.
EDIT:Ahaa! Simple and direct. 1. Qe7+ Kg8, Now we have stacked Queen and Rook.Standard Back-rank mating attack. 2. Qe8+ Qxe8 can hardly be called a queen sacrifice - it is an exchange and an old-fashioned back-rank checkmate with 3.Rxe8#
Didn't know, the Sunday puzzle ran 4 3 days.
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A very interesting puzzle - looks like it might be a real game. But I am not sure the players made all the best moves. Needs a lot of analysis.
I really was expecting 2. Be4+ Nf5 - then there are a lot of variations to be studied.
But I really wondered about black's 2- ... Qd7? Black really should have done something t prepare an escape for his King. Maybe 2. ... Re5
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