Can you find the insane first move?

Taskinen

Here is one amazing puzzle derived from an old game in the Mastering Chess Middlegames book. I thought the first move was so great, that I just wanted to share it. It's not easy to find, but it's really strong, and in order to find it, you really have to know what is the key element of the position. The move is so hard to find, that it takes even stockfish a while to find it. Once it does, it's certain it's by far the strongest move. It's a mate in 9 after first two moves, you can solve it to the end if you wish.


By the way, opponent does have better response to the move than in this game (and also in this puzzle), but the first move is regardless very clearly (+6 stockfish) winning.

SilverByte

The introduction kinda gave it away because my mind moved towards Qg4 and Qh5 immediately. Without the knight disconnecting the rooks, it's obvious that white's position falls apart, and this is the most threatening move to do it with.

Taskinen
SilverByte wrote:

The introduction kinda gave it away because my mind moved towards Qg4 and Qh5 immediately. Without the knight disconnecting the rooks, it's obvious that white's position falls apart, and this is the most threatening move to do it with.


Yes, I thought that it would be a tad bit too difficult move without some introduction to find on the board. I found it on the board only because in the book it was introduced as "deflecting an important defender". But well done finding the move, with a good explanation why!

Taskinen
SilverByte wrote:

The introduction kinda gave it away because my mind moved towards Qg4 and Qh5 immediately. Without the knight disconnecting the rooks, it's obvious that white's position falls apart, and this is the most threatening move to do it with.


Yes, I thought that it would be a tad bit too difficult move without some introduction to find on the board. I found it on the board only because in the book it was introduced as "deflecting an important defender". But well done finding the move, with a good explanation why!

ebillgo

Really amazing sequence. By some weird intuition, I solved it in under 2 minutes. Lucky this time. 

ghost_of_pushwood

a marvelously cute mate!

tawp

whats really  impressive is being able to conceptualize this OTB -