Sunday, September 16, 2007

Tactics Practice!


This position was emailed to me by our chess club organizer. It's white to move. There are two ways that I can see to checkmate the black king - can you find them?

7 comments:

Slatts said...

I can't believe it took me so long to get this! I spent like 15 min on it. Very nice, somewhat tricky!! I wasn't thinking out of the box enough for it, but I finally got it.

UnorthodoxPlayer said...

looks like Bf6 does it the line goes as follows 1.Bf6!! gxf6 2.Kf8 f5 3.Nf7#. Or if you wanted to do it the hard way i guess you could play 1.Ng5 Kg8 2.Bxg7 h5 3.Kf6 h4 4.Kg6 h3 5.Ne7#

jrobi said...

Good call unorthodox - right on the money. How long did it take you to come up with 1. BF6!! ?

Dennis said...

I have seen this position long time ago.

The funny thing about it is that there are indeed two ways to mate:

One in the position you gave, and one with the board rotated 180 degrees (so black has his pawns nearly promoted). In both positions it is a mate in three!

Try it.

TVTom said...

Dennis said...
"I have seen this position long time ago. The funny thing about it is that there are indeed two ways to mate:

One in the position you gave, and one with the board rotated 180 degrees (so black has his pawns nearly promoted). In both positions it is a mate in three! Try it."

Cool! In the twin problem, I found a mate in 4 right away (bl K on h1, bl pawns on g2,g1, wh K e2 and wh N h3):
1 Ng5 Kg1
2 Nf3+ Kh1
3 Kf2 g1=Q+
4 NxQ++

It took me several more minutes to find the more efficient mate-in-3.

TVTom said...

make that black pawns starting on g2 and h2 of course for that twin solution, not g2 and h1.

jrobi said...

That's awesome with the twin solution, going to play around with it in the PGN viewer.