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# Can you find the best defense?

• #1

White's position is almost done for, but i guess its your turn to prove why the game is not over just yet.

• #2

First try! I finally got one of these crazy puzzles right!

• #3

I got the first move! Yippee!

• #4

sweet!

• #5

What i find extremely unexpected is that after 41.f7 Qf8?? 42.Rf2, black is lost! White marches his a and b pawns down, and will pretty much win, likely into a winning K+P endgame since her majesty will have to leave the f8 square for one of these pawns.

• #6

No, even after 41.f7 Qf8?? 42.Rf2 white will still find a perpetual with his queen to 42... a8 and draw.

• #7
Ahhca wrote:

No, even after 41.f7 Qf8?? 42.Rf2 white will still find a perpetual with his queen to 42... a8 and draw.

no, the king will hide on f1 or g1, black can not stop the promotion.

• #8
sluck72 wrote:

sweet!

Thanks! :)

• #9

im too tired now but can white not also play f6 and then queen to d6 to just defend, and depending on blacks move defend the rook or push the pawn?

• #10

After Qd6 black plays Qxh2#. :)

• #11

After 1. f6, Kh6 2. Qd6 black will mate Qe4 3. Rf3, Qxf3 and Qg2 mate

After Qd6 Qxh2 isn't mate because white can play Qxh2.

• #12
sluck72 wrote:

After 1. f6, Kh6 2. Qd6 black will mate Qe4 3. Rf3, Qxf3 and Qg2 mate

After Qd6 Qxh2 isn't mate because white can play Qxh2.

thank you, how could i possibly miss that

• #13

The point of this puzzle is basically mind games, keeping you honest (like baseball pitchers, throwing a curveball, when its been all fastballs), some solutions are simple as this one is, but its difficult to play this continuation when it appears that white has many perpetual check opportunities.

• #14

I learned a loong time ago to never take lightly a pawn on the 6th rank..  its one step and queen!

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