good one.

# 4/14/2012 - White to Draw

I only got this puzzle because the title said white was to draw. I am surprised white gave up so easily. If I were in this position in a game I would be more likely to play Rd4. There is probably a combination I am missing but it seems like a much stronger move.

I cannot see an Immediate threat (forced mate) from black and exchanging rooks would at least reduce the pressure on the bishop.

I will admit that barring any blunders the game does look like it is heading for a draw anyway but to force it without attempting a win seems foolish.

If 1. Rd4 then 1...Rxf2+ either checkmates or at least wins a bishop for black. If after 1...Rxf2+ 2. Kxf2 then 2...Re2+ 3. Kg1 Qe3+ 4. Kh1 Qxf3+ 5. Kg1 Qg2#. If after 1...Rxf2+ 2. Kg1 then at the very least 2...Rf1+ 3. Qxf1 Qxd4+ wins a bishop for black. Please feel free to correct me if I miscalculated or improve or expand on the second line.

If 1. Rd4 then 1...Rxf2+ either checkmates or at least wins a bishop for black. If after 1...Rxf2+ 2. Kxf2 then 2...Re2+ 3. Kg1 Qe3+ 4. Kh1 Qxf3+ 5. Kg1 Qg2#. If after 1...Rxf2+ 2. Kg1 then at the very least 2...Rf1+ 3. Qxf1 Qxd4+ wins a bishop for black. Please feel free to correct me if I miscalculated or improve or expand on the second line.

Excellent analysis Bryan!! Here is a picture for those that didn't follow.

What I would add is that after 1...Rxf2 2. Kg1

then 2..Rg2+ 3. Kh1 Qxf3 follows, with threats of discovered check (Rxg3+ followed by Qg2# come to mind) and also Ree2 still, should reinforcements be needed. If White's queen ever leaves the back rank, then Re1# is easy. White can get in a few courtesy checks on Black's King, but White will soon fall.

I find that I made a illogical mistake in viewing the chess problem. Excuse me. Yes I was wrong. White draws. You don't have to show me I am a idiot.

In the puzzle by Odinnhs, after 1. Qh3+, Kd6, why not 2. Ne4#

In the puzzle by Odinnhs, after 1. Qh3+, Kd6, why not 2. Ne4#

Ouch.

Odinnhs just got schooled.

Q!