Poetic Position

  • #1

    I find this position to be ingeneous.  It has an "I wonder how many of these things I miss OTB" quality to it, as it appears likely to have occurred in a game.

    It is a white to move and win, not a forced mate.

     

  • #2

    I should mention that my comment after black's 1st move is too strong, as he does have 1...Qxb2+ etc, but the principle holds.  It is not an extremely difficult puzzle, but I find there are so many possibilities that simply swap material and only one that simply destroys black.

  • #3

    There is another possibility which is 1. Qf4 Rd6 2. Qxf6 a5 3. Rxd6 cxd6 4. Qd8+ Ka7.

  • #4
    021809 wrote:

    There is another possibility which is 1. Qf4 Rd6 2. Qxf6 a5 3. Rxd6 cxd6 4. Qd8+ Ka7.


     Correct. Rd6 delays mate as well, and the pattern still works for white.

  • #5

    A nice trick, though I wouldn't say ingenious. The key is to recognize that it's effectively a fork, as though the queen is protected, here she would be better left without a recapture! Thus you have a double attack on c7 and f6.

    But like you said, it's one of those things that could easily go completely missed in an OTB game; what we all need is a huge arsenal of patterns like these so we can recognize that f6 is essentially hanging in a flash, just like how we can pretend that certain squares that seem covered might not be at all if they are guarded by a pinned piece. Ideally, we want stuff like that to be just as obvious as knowing how a bishop moves, which I presume most of us forget about 0% of the time.

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