Nice chess puzzle

September 27, 2009 at 1:49 pm | Posted in Chess | 10 Comments

From a blitz game I played on FICS. I had the white pieces and could have (I didn’t see it) mated my opponent in 15 moves:

Mate in 8 moves

Mate in 8 moves

Try to solve it without the help of a computer.


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  1. Left bishop to eat pawn. Blacks are forced to eat your bishop with the other pawn (or else the bishop would kill the king), after that you eat the pawn with your queen, and blacks are forced to move the king. Then you move the tower up pointing to their black queen (they would be forced to move the queen without eating the tower because it’s protected by your queen). Then you eat the last pawn in the right with your other bishop, and you’re done.

    Was it 8 moves? maybe less.

  2. Ok I’m wrong! I didn’t see their black bishop haha

  3. Nice first try 🙂

  4. Q x R. is that correct?

    • No. After QxR and Rd8+, the king can still escape to field e7.

  5. Bxg7 Kxg5

    with Td3 and/or e5 at some point

    • Bxg7 is what I played in the blitz game. It leads to decisive advantage, but no quick mate because black can play f7 and escape.

  6. Could it be Bf6.

    btw your co-worker martin send me this link:P

    • Bf6 is indeed correct. The immediate threat is Qxf8+. If black takes the bishop he will be mated in a few moves since he blocks the King’s escape via f6. The only alternative he has left is to sacrifice his queen with Qc5. White doesn’t take the queen, but plays Qg3, which leads to mate in a couple of moves.

      Of course this is all very easy for a PC to find in a few seconds.

      Kudos to Martin 🙂

  7. Bf6
    1. .. gxB 2. Qg3+ Kh8 3.Qh4+ Kg8 4.Qg4+ Kh8 5.Rd3 with mate after 6.Rh3.#

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