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|Mar-28-07|| ||YouRang: I got it pretty fast.
I find that it's often helpful to first consider the state of the kings. Here, I quickly noticed that the black king was nearly immobile. In particular, it could not escape the b7-h2 diagonal. This observation led me to consider putting my queen on that diagonal, at h2.
After that, it's obviously my intention to move my knight with a queen-winning (if not mating) discovered check.
Interestingly, this game could have had the "chess in the movies" ending:
Black: "I play 50...Qg7 - Check!"
White: "I play 51. Ng6 - CheckMATE!!"
|Mar-28-07|| ||kevin86: The theme here is a rare one in games,though it appears in chess problems. White to play and mate in two moves---|
The problem employs a battery h2+f4. It employs discovered and double checks-and a cross check mate. Of course,it's biggest flaw is that it doesn't end in mate,but of the winning of the queen.
As a puzzle and a game,it is very artistic.
|Mar-28-07|| ||Fisheremon: <goodevans: Just how bad was black's 48 ... Qe7?? Worthy of at least 2 '?'s methinks!> Perhaps 48...Qe7? (just one ?) cos' the position seemed to be lost for Black, e.g. after 48...Qe8 49.Kf3 it's a kind of Zugzwang for Black. Losing move was 46...Bxb5? (better 46...Bc8!?).|
|Mar-28-07|| ||jackpawn: Like Monday and Tuesday I got this almost immediately, but had to take a minute to make sure Black didn't have a defense. He didn't . .|
|Mar-28-07|| ||MiCrooks: I am not sure what Kevin86 means when he says it doesn't end in mate? I saw this faster than some earlier this week. I think someone mentioned that you options are pretty limited with the queen enprise--I agree--that probably helped me find Qh2 as quickly as I did.|
But Qh2 does lead to mate. The immediate threat is Ng6++. That covers all of the Queen moves (including Qg7+) that hope to give the King some luft at e7. The only other choice is to run with the King, as in the game. But here, as others pointed out, after Nd5 double check you don't win the Queen (though that would be a simple win) but rather mate as Kd8 is forced when Qb8++.
|Mar-28-07|| ||monopole2313: After 49.Qh2, Jelling was so not gelling.|
|Mar-28-07|| ||YouRang: Oops - I just noticed that I had the move #s wrong in my comment about the "chess in the movies" ending. It should be:|
Black: "I play 49...Qg7 - Check!"
White: "I play 50. Ng6 - CheckMATE!!"
|Mar-28-07|| ||MostlyAverageJoe: <MiCrooks: I am not sure what Kevin86 means when he says it doesn't end in mate?>|
He probably meant "quick forced mate"
Try mating after 49 ... e4+.
Eventually you will, but it will take a while.
|Mar-28-07|| ||kbaumen: Qh2! is a nice silent move. This is a good Wednesday. Not always I figure Wednesday puzzles, though as time goes by, I am starting to solve them more often.|
|Mar-28-07|| ||newton296: got q h2 pretty soon , discovered check suggested it, but than realized the knight could deliver mate even after qe8 .|
|Mar-28-07|| ||simsan: I got thisone as well. 3 for 3 this week (which is not always the case).|
I guess the problem here is getting the idea of Qh2 in the first place.
Realizing that the white pawn and bishop (in addition to black's own pieces) is depriving the black king of flight squares was a good start.
|Mar-28-07|| ||wals: Brilliant, simply brilliant.|
|Mar-28-07|| ||Whitehat1963: Missed it completely.|
|Mar-28-07|| ||Billy Ray Valentine: <MiCrooks: I am not sure what Kevin86 means when he says it doesn't end in mate? I saw this faster than some earlier this week.>|
This just goes to show how differently everyone thinks and recognizes patterns. I got Monday's and Tuesday's puzzles nearly instantaneously but had to think for a while before getting today's puzzle. Even Kramnik missed a mate in one against Deep Fritz...
|Mar-28-07|| ||Billy Ray Valentine: <MiCrooks: But here, as others pointed out, after Nd5 double check you don't win the Queen (though that would be a simple win) but rather mate as Kd8 is forced when Qb8++.>|
The Knight on d5 is pinned by Black's bishop--so Qb8# is the only option anyway...
|Mar-28-07|| ||ax2kool: So easy yet so difficult|
|Mar-28-07|| ||ChessPraxis: I like the way White had the time to load the gun, aim it, and pull the trigger.|
|Mar-28-07|| ||nikhil.ramesh: Nailed this one!!!!|
|Mar-28-07|| ||concreteengineer: Missed this one. After so many queen and/or rook sacs for the last few weeks, I kept looking for the sacrifice. Just goes to show, if your only tool is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.|
|Mar-28-07|| ||chessdummy123: i got this one in less then 30 seconds
|Mar-28-07|| ||aazqua: Sort of obvious and yet fairly tricky. I got this one quickly but I have to admit there just didn't seem to be any other interesting options.|
|Mar-28-07|| ||Marmot PFL: Spotted this one quick as I won an important last round game over a master once with a similar queen move. He just slumped in his chair as he realised that the discovered check killed him no matter what. Very gratifying as I had lost to the guy many times.|
|Mar-28-07|| ||backyard pawn: I started by looking for a possible knight fork, which led me quickly to Qh2 and the discovered check to follow. It's Wednesdays like these that make up for blue Mondays or Tuesdays!|
|Mar-29-07|| ||kevin86: <Microoks> you are right. I just meant that the mate would not occur in two moves. Of course,your line pointed to a mate in three-not just the capture of the queen. Of course,in ALL wins completely played out,the final move is a checkmate|
What I really meant to say was despite a few flaws as a chess problem,the use of themes here point to a chess problem.
|Mar-29-07|| ||gawain: Yes!!! That was satisfying.
I like <You Rang>'s observation about the missed chance for that dramatic Chess in the movies ending.
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