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1/14/2012 - Mate in 7

  • #141

    okay :) 

  • #142

    tough

  • #143

    ah

  • #144

    how can people plan seven moves ahead?

  • #145

    Come'onn!! Chess is losing its meaning, apparently. If the fastest checkmate is not the goal, then what is? Really mate, you lost me there. Not solved.

     

    __//__ EDIT:

     

    I withdraw my previous comments. It is a great puzzle indeed. Guess it's so great, one needsw time to properly get it. Thank you.

  • #146

    The puzzles are mostly about learning humility, I think.  However, if all moves are not forced, the puzzle is bogus!

  • #147

    ez

  • #148

    Bishop check on e6 is mate in two

  • #149

    OkEmbarassed

           This one's got me?? Y not take the Rook Insted of moving the king? I had mate in two also. Thats not an issue with me but not taking the rook drives me crazy. Wats up? Could someone out there please explainUndecided

  • #150

    why not bishob e6 ???!!1

  • #151

    Nice....

  • #152

    Wonderful

  • #153
    jamesing wrote:

    mate in 4

    1.Nxa7+Rxa7
    2.Qxd8+Kxd8
    3.Rad1+Kc8
    4.Re8#


    In 3. Rad1+,

    Black would not cooperate by playing 3. ... Kc8.  Instead, Black would interpose with the move 3. ... Bd2. 

  • #154

    Wow, What a puzzle! I think it's flawed for 2 reasons though. Black could have used his h3 bishop first to block check from the white rook, and that would have been protected by the black king. Also in the solution black loses tempo with a retreat to (c8?) rather than eating the unprotected rook in front of him (I think move 5). So I'm not sure I would follow this line exactly unless I thought little of my opponent. It's too big a leap of faith, and frankly I don't think it would work if black played stronger. That said, the ending is brilliant because the bishop simultaneously gives check AND protects the rook beyond the king. That's a great lesson to take from this puzzle. Thanks!

  • #155

    pathetic puzzle!!!

  • #156
    KumarAnkur wrote:

    well i am skeptical on the 5th Rxd7 move...


    After 5. Rxd7,

    Black has only 2 possible moves:

    The first option, 5. ... Kc8, the move played by Black in the puzzle, led to mate 2 moves later.

    The second option, 5. ... Kxd7, would also have lead to mate 2 moves later:

    6. Bb5+ Kd8, 7. Re8#

  • #157

    Very nice.

  • #158

    Why couldn't the king take the rook?

  • #159

    Damn.

  • #160
    LaConseillante wrote:

    Wow, What a puzzle! I think it's flawed for 2 reasons though. Black could have used his h3 bishop first to block check from the white rook, and that would have been protected by the black king. Also in the solution black loses tempo with a retreat to (c8?) rather than eating the unprotected rook in front of him (I think move 5). So I'm not sure I would follow this line exactly unless I thought little of my opponent. It's too big a leap of faith, and frankly I don't think it would work if black played stronger. That said, the ending is brilliant because the bishop simultaneously gives check AND protects the rook beyond the king. That's a great lesson to take from this puzzle. Thanks!


    Black did interpose with the h3 bishop in 4... Bd7, which was promptly swallowed by white's rook in 5. Rxd7.

    After 5. Rxd7, Black could not have taken  the rook with move 5... Kxd7, because this would have led to mate in the following 2 moves:

    6. Bb5+ Kd8, 7. Re8#

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