Middlegame - Finishing Off Your Opponent!

Jun 25, 2013, 9:21 AM |

White is clearly winning this game, but how should white proceed to wrap things up? Wink  This is taken from one of my own games and the way the almost infinite possibilites of forced mate instantly come to my head and I thought it would be a good idea for a puzzle/study Cool This is aimed at intermediate level players/solvers!


As you can see there are many ways to checkmate, the suicide mate was the solution but check the other variations I found!
If you spotted another variation please feel free to post it in the comments box Smile The key theme is exploiting the pins!
But really, spotting the first move is what this intermediate level puzzle is about Cool But what about choosing a different first move as technically, all moves are winning... This makes the outcomes more advanced Wink
This was all about taking away the enemy king's escape squares one-by-one! Below is another mate-in-6 starting the same way but is completely different in its approach - weave the net! 
Again taking away critical squares from the enemy king is what weaving a mating net is all about. Just for fun, here's a last mate-in-5 that I managed to find (hint: chase the king to d8 Wink)
I hope you enjoyed this study please feel free to drop comments or your own solutions that you spotted Wink
No engine was used in the creation of this article Cool