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good one, but easy
Beautiful double sac to expose King.
Easy when you know there is a mate ... but how many people would even think there was a mate on in this position in an actual game?
Knowing it was "mate in 6" really helped - Just knowing it was a puzzle with a possible mate helped. I got it with no errors, but I'm sure I would not have gotten it in a real game.
Knowing it would be checkmate win for white, I knew every move had to be a check. So I sacrificed my rook and then my bishop right off. Then on move 5, Nf4+ was clearly better than sacrificing my one remaining Rook
In a way, recognizing that the final Rh5 was checkmate was one of the more difficult parts of the puzzle. It took a second careful look to see that all black king's escape squares were blocked.
By the way, reviewing the puzzle, I note that Black could have moved5. ... Kg5, but my rook was protected at h5 by the knight, so 6. Rh5 would have been checkmate anyway.
I really liked that open board chackmate. Rare.
Whew, my finger is tired.
Probably anyone who got into this position in the first place, given that white is missing his queen. :) The mate must have been seen and the queen sacrificed already to set it up, set out deliberately as a trap, or just neglected, knowing it didn't matter.
Really the only hard thing about seeing this mate in a game as given (not having deliberately set it up this way in the first place) is that there were two sacrifices, which is a pretty strong barrier to imagination. It was so incredibly forcing, though, and the followup with the second rook so evident, that it wasn't actually at all intimidating to calculate. So I could see a fair number of people playing this correctly if it was handed to them as a unspecified "interesting position" or some such, maybe even with the black queen off the board to take away that clue.
As a Friday puzzle, it was a bit disappointingly easy, if pretty.
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For me it is a difficult puzzle.
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I like these longer 6 move mate puzzles. They involve a little more of the mid-game thinking.
i have solved it just by sacrifising everything i could
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