8/8/2010 - Cleaning Up From Behind




yay! an easy one! daily puzzles are getting hard


A desperate black after he blunders by taking queen nice

mikeman0909 wrote:

After Qxd2 .... black could have responded with Qf6 ....

I can't see how white could counter this move.  Any suggestions?

Well, White has just won a rook, so he could just move his Q out of the way and keep the material.  But after 1....Qf6, 2.Nd5 looks quite nice, threat Nxf6+. Black has to keep his Q guarding e7 and d8 otherwise White has 3. Ne7+ and 4.Qxd8#. Black's options are 2...Qd6 or Qh4.  Then 3.Rxg4 wins the B because Black can't recapture.  Black is rapidly running out of pieces while White's attack just gets stronger.  In short, after 1.Qxd2, Black is toast.

bucksadizzle wrote:

nice and easy!


this puzle very easy


Mighty fine.


very nice




I wish some of my games were that easy!


so easy!


cool puzzle


Not all that easy for Sunday.  First, I had to look pretty long at the board before I saw the Queen sacrifice win.  Then there is always the issue of "What is the opponent's best response?"  Clearly when taking the queen is a certain  game-loser, he will look for something better.  White is now a rook ahead, and the attack on d1 is clearly a fizzle.  But at least black can defend against the immediate threats.

Moving the defending rook back next to the king (in this case Rf8) is  always a defensive move to be considered.  Moving a pawn to provide an escape square for the King is another (not a good choice in this case, I think).  Bringing up protection of the threatened back-row rook is another approach. (In this case, Qf6 has been suggested and it is worth considering - white is not likely going to trade his queen for that second rook - EDIT: hoipolloi does a good job of showing how white could counter that defense).  In any case, if black makes a better response to the initial Qxd2, the continuation is no longer a Sunday-easy matter.
Still, we can say that the initial capture of the rook at d2 was in itself a solution. 
A rook advantage, spoiling a four-pronged attack, and forcing the opponent to defend is quite worthy of being called a "solution" even when it doesn't lead to immediate mate.  Perhaps daily puzzle has to make black blunder in response just to illustrate WHY the initial Qxd2 was a good move.

EDIT2:  If black responded with the conservative 1. ...  Rf8, white has several interesting moves to consider.  2. Qd6, covers both the b8 and f8 squares - two moves to mate.  However, it leaves the f2-pawn exposed and white would lose the pawn and have to delay or abandon the attack to defend his king.  My own approach (given my rook and three-pawns advantage) would be to move 2. Qd1, pushing for an even trade.  Any move by black to avoid trading qeens results in loss of the bishop.


Good for a Sunday :)


easy peasy, even I could do it!


Actually not the easiest puzzle I have seen! Smile




good 1 , for a sunday


too easy