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it is very easy
My first instinct was to move the pawn to g7 but, this wouldn't be mate in two.
That was the first thing I looked at also, but it was pretty obvious that the black queen could check on the next move and check repeatedly from then on. So (this being a puzzle), I immediately focused on the only check move available to white at that point. It was a sacrifice (not to be rejected off-hand when doing a puzzle), and the power of the next move was immediately evident. Black is forced to capture the rook, and put his king in a corner, and an easy move by the white king discovers a check and blocks the black king's only escape square. Sweet!
Nice summary, dufferps. The power of hindsight ! Fools rush in and all that.
It sounds like dufferps' suggestion here is that black would take a draw after g7; However, g7 is actually losing and not drawing. After g7, Qb6+. The king has to protect the rook so Kg5. Then black plays Qxh6, sacrificing the queen and the king takes back on h6. If you look at that position, you'll see that white can not stop both of blacks pawns on the e and a file. Black will push both of those pawns and the white bishop can only stop one of them. Black will queen one of those pawns and white loses.
Nice black queen sac. Black regains queen. White resigns. You are correct !
Edit: Perhaps a whole new puzzle in the making.
i found it pretty easy to figure out. wasnt hard.
same with the other one pretty simple. :)
g7 would be very ugly. A kind of self blockade, punished not by perpetual but by ..Qxh6 and an embarrassing loss.
You are correct !
Sweet discovery mate!!!
good one indeed.
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great problem - really helped tune my instincts, but I like to see many steps on the front page!
First, way too easy
Woo-Hoo...9th page!!! ( Just thought I'd get as excited as the "1st page"rs)
What's the big deal? It doesn't mean you're better, faster or smarter. You've either got to live in a certain time-zone or arise at an ungodly hour. So, I raise my glass and toast "here's to never seeing the first page"
The only trouble with that is that most of the 'First Page' commentators are not posting on the 1st page. Some sort of disease or virus that needs sorting out.
Look above ! For example.