Is My Tactics Book Wrong?!

  • #1

    Hey everyone, the start of summer has given me the drive to break out some of my unfinished tactics books. Currently I am going through "303 Tricky Checkmates" by Fred Wilson & Bruce Albertson. Problem #245 (on page 142 if anyone has the book) is supposedly a "White to Move & Mate in 3" problem, yet I believe white can do it even easier in just two moves. Here is the problem with the book solution which is 1. Kf6 cxd6 2. Ke7 dxc5 3. Nf6#:

    My question is, couldn't this problem be solved in just two moves with 1.Ne6 cxd6 (forced) 2. Nc7#. That is what I saw at first and was confused when I read through the book answer. Have I outsmarted the masters? (Jokes!) But I believe that's a simple, legal checkmate that occurs an entire move faster. Am I mistaken somewhere?

  • #2

    1. Ne6 allows black to defend in a new way by playing 1...c5. After that, the black king can escape to c6, so there will be no mate in two.

  • #3

    This has happend to me alot in that book. It's really tricky to see everything in some positions.

  • #4

    Ahhh duh! How did I not see that before? I swear, tunnel vision sometimes...Thank you very much CM ilmago. AtahanT, it really does live up to it's title of "tricky" checkmates doesn't it?!?!

  • #5

    I remember this position. Isn't it composed by R. Zangger or something like that

  • #6

    Also, a book with a bunch of composed problems isn't really about tactics training more about "seeing" nice things on a chess board

  • #7

    I'm not sure heinzie, I don't think it says where they get the problems from.

  • #8
    heinzie wrote:

    Also, a book with a bunch of composed problems isn't really about tactics training more about "seeing" nice things on a chess board


    It's a good way to train visualization and calculation accuracy. You really need to calculate accurately to solve many of these.

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