An exercise in precision indeed. Nice puzzle!
why pawn takes knight instead of Kh5?
With the black knight poised to fork at f3, black could (probably should) have avoided allowing the white queen to move and check.
1. ... Kh5 could force white into a repeated positions draw.It is when black tries to break that pattern (capturing the checking knight) that white may gain an advantage and opportunity to win.
But I err - on further analysis I see:
1.Ng4+ Kh5, 2.Nf6+ Kh6, 3.Ng8+ Kh5, 4.Qg7! (now black must check on every move) 4. ... Nf3+ 5.Kh1 Qf1+ 6.Rxf1 any move 6.Qh6# or Qxh7#OR 4. ... Ne2+, 5.Rxe2 Qd4+, 6.Qxd4 Rxd4, 7.Re7 Kh5, 8. Rxh7+ Kg4, 9. Kf2 Rd2+, 10.Ke3 Rxh2, 11.Rxh2 Kxg3, 12.Rf2 1-0
There are many variations, but I see white wins barring a mis-play.
that was certainly a chase just like another puzzle I can't quite remember...
Dayum. Looks complicated but simple. Great puzzle!
It is NOT a nice puzzle, because it was very unclear whether black took the best moves (it seems that he did not).Why so many people like such incomplete puzzles?Maybe you do not understand at all what is chess puzzle about?
nice ! ;)
I don't understand why so many people are arguing here that black shouldn't take the N at move # 1! The only other legal move available to black at this stage is the bad move Kh5? White can answer this with 2. Nf2, engaging black in the Q's defense to next play, 3. g4+ and aggrevate black's vows. 1. ... fxg4 is by far the best option for black at move # 1 and the puzzle is really good.
no he cant play knight f2, but g4 is winning by force anyway if black doesnt take.
g4 is not possible with N occupying g4.
so what happens if black didnt take the N?
u play g4 check and then give check with knight to h6...... Best for white is a perp. check....nf6 + and ng4+.
See post #57! I think after 2 Nf6+ Kh6 3 Qe7 White is winning! Although Black has a check on f3, but the mate on h7 forces Black to find a defence! I think there is no defence to this threat!
You're right PIRATCH, thank you.