8/16/2013 - Mate in 6

  • #241

    i never considered the fact that this was an actual game ... i guess that would explain the absurd moves ... i dont care what anyone says... no master player is making these moves, he will hold on to his strong pieces and make better use of them .... you should have seen me trying to make move after move, and everything i thought of was wrong lol ... i was like WTH????

  • #242

    It's not an actual game.

    Think of it like this - when the title is 'mate in X', that's the maximum number of moves that the mate will take. In lots of examples, the mate would be achieved more quickly if the losing player was complicit. But we're looking for a checkmate when the other player plays the "best" moves that are available, not moves which help the mate happen quickly.

    The "best" moves in this case are just prolonging moves - but without them, the mate happens quicker, so you can't say in this case it's a "mate in 4" puzzle, because it is theoretically possible for black to prolong the game for 2 more moves by making sacrifices. If the title was "mate in 4", you would have people complaining because you can't CM in 4 moves when black sacs his queen, etc etc.

    The moves black makes are not absurd. They are the "best" moves available, where "best" means the game is prolonged for another move.

  • #243

    checkmate in ten moves

  • #244
    adityarangarajan wrote:

    checkmate in ten moves

     I was repeatedly told that puzzle should not need to include the "help or solution" for all those who want to try it do not be tempted to cheat, but try it with their pure ability.

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