# 4/1/2013 - Mate in 3

All hail the Rsac and rejoice at the resulting #.

Easy one.

Good Puzzle again

Nice

easy as cake.

Theoretician wrote:

Isn't 2.Qh4+ possible too?

Surely is, but they have flatulence.

hmm:)

Easy

homernh wrote:

First page!  And what's wrong with 2. Qh4+?

Any h file check also works......

easy

Theoretician wrote:

Isn't 2.Qh4+ possible too?

yes

This puzzle has one little sad thing there is a second solution in the second move (just say a possible sideline) which lessens a little its beauty!

1 Rh8+ Kxh8 (forced) 2 Qh5+ (or 2 Qh4+ sideline) 2...Kg8 (forced) 3 Qh7#

pcfilho wrote:

A true pearl by Peruvian grandmaster Esteban Canal: White to play and give checkmate in 2 moves. Can you find it?

nice one pcfilho....

thanks for sharing....

eddysallin wrote:
homernh wrote:

First page!  And what's wrong with 2. Qh4+?

Any h file check also works......

No! 2 Qh6+? doesn't work at all 2...gxh6 and White is lost!

KershawLeek wrote:
homernh wrote:

First page!  And what's wrong with 2. Qh4+?

what's wrong with it is that black is ready to launch that mate on a2. that rook move is needed to give white queen the opportunity to mate.

No! Read first please! 1 Rh8+ Kxh8 (forced) 2 Qh4+ Black cannot check(mate) because he is in check himself!

The checkmate was so easy and straightforward.  In a game, if I was focused on my attack, I would have seen it right away. Bur if I was focused on defense, I might have played 1.b3  and missed the easy checkmate sequence. Note that 1.b3 is also aggressive, black would probably move his queen to safety, and I might then see my Rh8 - Qh5 - Qh2# sequence.  I would be especially likely to focus on my best move with my h-file rook if black answered 1.b3  with ... Qe2 (threatening 2....Bxf3 and 3....Bxh1.

But today the solution jumped right out at me, and that was before I ever saw the Mate in 3 title.

quite easy mate...
just saw it and went straight away...