pcfilho qe8+ r takes e8 b takes f6 check!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!mate!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
cool! At first i tri]ed to take the pawn. :(
Same here - I went for the pawn right away! Just a habit!
I announce MATE IN 2! Can you find it?
After 1.Bxf6. Black has two options and both result in checkmate by the white queen on the next move.
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Nice mate in 2!
Although 1 Rxg4 Ka3 2 Rh4 (anywhere on the 4th rank except a4 and b4) 2...Ka2 (zugzwang) 3 Ra4# is a mate in 3 - not a big difference!
You're right that there's no big difference in the number of moves to checkmate; yet, there's surely a big difference in the sheer beauty. The 3 move mate is a routine one; while the 2 move mate shows a beautiful variation that's also informative.
Here's a puzzle for you: Is it possible, from this position, to obtain mate in 2,3,4,5, ... moves? How?
Yes, it's possible to obtain mate in as many moves as you want; simly take the pawn and make the opponent's King shuttle in-between a1 - a3 as long as you want by shuttling your rook in-between c4 - h4. But that's foolhardy; not chess.
My first impulse was to try a Queen sacrifice. After verifying that this was not possible since there are no Queens on the board, I gave up.
Why did you give up? There's a pawn that you could promote to Queen and then sacrifice the Queen.
that was literally the very last move i tried.
good title lead...