16494 Players currently online!
Man vs. Machine - good luck!
Turn-based games at any time!
Vote for the best move to win!
Do you have what it takes?
Backgammon, Yatzy, and more!
Sharpen your tactical vision!
Get advice and game insights!
Learn from top players & pros!
View millions of master games!
Your virtual chess coach!
Perfect your opening moves!
Test your skills vs. computer!
Find the right private coach!
Can you solve it each day?
Bring it all together!
Beginners, start here!
Make friends & play team games!
News from the world of chess!
Search all Chess.com members!
Find local clubs & events!
Who's the best of your friends?
Read what members are saying!
I'm trying to find a certain mate-in-two puzzle which I saw once but can't quite recall the exact layout of...was hoping that someone here would be able to point me in the right direction. The "theme" of the puzzle is as shown below:
I.e. the theme is that there are two possible mating squares being guarded by two different pieces, and that sacrificing a piece on the "intersection point" of those two pieces' paths means that whichever guarding piece captures the sacrifice will block the other guarding piece, allowing a checkmate. The position above is a rather crude reconstruction of the puzzle based on what I recall...I'm pretty sure the original puzzle was more elegant and had less material disparity between the two sides (plus, I think my reconstruction may have multiple solutions as I slapped it together quite quickly).
So, does anyone here happen to know of this puzzle in its original form? (If it helps, I'm pretty certain the two "guarding pieces" must be a bishop and a rook, since knights and pawns can't be blocked while a queen would still guard the mating squares after capturing the sacrifice.)
If you can remember the exact position of at least some pieces, I can search my database of about 200,000. But you have to be sure of those
Unfortunately there's too many possible positions of the bishop and rook to pin down the exact position, so I don't think it's viable...in fact, I think the original puzzle had the rook somewhere on the sixth rank guarding either g6 or h6 instead, but I couldn't figure out a way to recreate it in that configuration, so I put together this version instead.
I'll find this one :p just watch this space
Wow, it's been a while since I even remembered this thread. Perhaps I should have updated that I think I managed to reconstruct the puzzle in this thread. In any case, yours looks neat too...I presume the key move is 1.Qe5?
OK, in that case I don't know. Do you remember where you saw it? Via a friend, a newspaper, internet page, chess magazine, a book?
From my chess club's coach, but it was quite some time ago (and I was relatively young at the time, and we kept changing coaches around that period) so I don't even remember his name. Anyway, thanks for the cool new puzzle! It's certainly refreshing to see an entirely different setup for it, after all the time I spent poking around variations on the position in that other thread.
It's quite possible he made it himself to show you an idea in a practical-looking position. In any case this Chess Mystery seems to remain a... mystery. I can't find it
Your First OTB Tournament
by DrSpudnik 3 minutes ago
2826-4000 Worst Things To Do While Playing Chess
by twighead 6 minutes ago
5/28/2016 - Overworked and Under Paid
by PetraBerts 13 minutes ago
Blitz Greek Gift
by RookTheElevator 17 minutes ago
Played beautifully and lost. Help!
by Inexorable88 17 minutes ago
by notmtwain 17 minutes ago
help-mate in 4 (hard)
by n9531l 25 minutes ago
Chess books to read... Suggestions please?
by chamaria17e 27 minutes ago
by gerberk 30 minutes ago
by Pre1236 41 minutes ago
Why Join | Chess Topics |
Help & Support |
© 2016 Chess.com
• Chess - English
We are working hard to make Chess.com available in over 70 languages. Check back over the year as we develop the technology to add more, and we will try our best to notify you when your language is ready for translating!