9/6/2011 - Mate in 3

  • #141

    only 149th place not bad for me.

  • #142

    clear...

  • #143

    Not bad.

  • #144

    very-very easy,,,

  • #145

    First!

  • #146

    Wow! This  one spooked me on the first move but I thought about the intended square to move to as a weak square and I didn't consider it viable however the second move proves that the first move is a gem!

  • #147

    nice

  • #148

    Easy Puzzle

  • #149

    piece of cake

  • #150

    good

  • #151

    This puzzle solution, unlike some other recent ones, is one that I think I would have seen in a real game - and not because I had reason to particularly look for an easy mating sequence, and not because "it's a daily puzzle, so it probably involves a queen sacrifice."  Yes, it did lead off with a queen sacrifice, but in this case the reason was obvious - I wanted to take advantage of the back-row pressure while the black bishop and knight were blocking any useful movement of the black rooks.
    And it was easy to see that the second move not only cleared the d-file for the white rook, but protected the 3. Rd8# square.

    I didn't at the beginning see ahead to the checkmate, but I did see that the first 2 moves were solid checks, and, since the second move was a double check, they would prevent black from clearing either side of his back row (I was ready to accept black clearing one side, just so it was on the opposite side from my rook).  I saw this much on almost first sight, because when I first looked at the board I was immediately aware that it was only my bishop between my queen and rook that prevented Qd8 from being a mate in one. By the time I made that second move it was clear to me that my rook could then move to d8 for checkmate.

  • #152

    Love those Queen sacs! ;-)

  • #153

    nice

  • #154

    good puzzle

  • #155

    in seconds :)

  • #156
    wazzochio wrote:

    Why doesn't the black queen just take the bishop?


    2. Ba5+ is a DOUBLE CHECK.  - If 2 ... Qxa5, then 3. RxK, so Qxa5 is illegal, as is 2.... Nd7 (interposing to block the Rook's check on the black King).

    2. ... Kc8 or 2. ... Ke8 are black's only legal responses., and after either one, 3.Rd8 is checkmate.

  • #157

    Why can't queen a2 take bishop a5

  • #158

    Easy but fun !

  • #159

    Good :D

  • #160

    good one

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