|Apr-16-18|| ||ChessHigherCat: QxB KxB Rc8#
Mista mate in 2?
|Apr-16-18|| ||FSR: 45.Qxf8+ Kxf8 (45...Kh7 46.Qg7#) 46.Rc8#|
|Apr-16-18|| ||stacase: Ten seconds|
|Apr-16-18|| ||Altairvega: Queen sacrifice and then check by the rook , Qxf8+ and Rc8+ mate.|
|Apr-16-18|| ||lost in space: What <FSR> said...|
|Apr-16-18|| ||ChessHigherCat: <stacase: Ten seconds>|
Too weak, too slow...
|Apr-16-18|| ||patzer2: Black's game starts to go bad when he locks the Queen out of the defense of the Kingside with 25...Nc6?! 26. Rh3! ± (+0.62 @ 36 ply, Stockfish 8).|
Instead, 25...Qc5 = (0.00 @ 36 ply, Stockfish 8) gives the Black Queen sufficient mobility to defend against White's aggressive Kingside attacking intentions.
P.S.: Today's Monday mate-in-two 45.Qxf8+ Kxf8 (45...Kh7 46.Qg7#) 46.Rc8# is the culmination of a winning combination which started much earlier with 27...d5? 28. Ba3! +- (+5.10 @ 27 ply, Stockfish 8).
|Apr-16-18|| ||saturn2: QxB and folloowed by mate either if the kings steps to h7 or if he takes the queen.|
|Apr-16-18|| ||stst: This was posted before, a repetition for sure.
45.QxB+ KxQ (else if Kh7, 46.Qg7#)
|Apr-16-18|| ||agb2002: White has a rook for a bishop and a pawn.
Black threatens Qxc1+ and mate next.
The pawn on f6 can create a mating net: 45.Qxf8+ Kxf8 (45... Kh7 46.Qg7#) 46.Rc8#.
|Apr-16-18|| ||leRevenant: mon dieu, vintage monday|
|Apr-16-18|| ||whiteshark: It's the back rank, Mr. Mista!|
|Apr-16-18|| ||morfishine: With the pawn on <f6> this one is pure pattern recognition: <45.Qxf8+> and mate next move|
|Apr-16-18|| ||malt: Aahh Mondays
45.Q:f8+ gives the Rook, Coup de grace
(That's French) on 46.Rc8#
|Apr-16-18|| ||stacase: <ChessHigherCat: <stacase: Ten seconds>
Too weak, too slow...>
Hmmm, Had it been my game and my set-up then 45.Qxf8+ would have been closer to instantaneous. But coming in cold, it takes a few seconds to recognize the mating position and then check the board out to see if it works. When I posted that I wondered if ten seconds was too much time for seeing such a slam dunk, but after reading your post I got out my stopwatch and ten seconds seems about right.
Because it was so cut and dried, I also wondered if this was a blitz game since it went all the way to the mate.
Maybe I should have posted:
"Wham bam thank you ma'am" instead.
|Apr-16-18|| ||patzer2: Speaking of winning the game fast, White appears to have missed a chance with the slow but sure plan 30. Qxe5 dxc3 31. Rxc3 Qb8 32. Bxd6 +- (+2.60 @ 29 ply, Stockfish 8).|
Instead, the strong 30. Qh4!! h6 31. Bc1! g5 32. Bxg5 +- (+14.25 @ 32 ply, Stockfish 8) pursues mate of the Black King at a much faster pace.
|Apr-16-18|| ||takchess: Queen drags King into the tunnel and then back rank mate.|
|Apr-16-18|| ||Pasker: Similar ones have come before hundred times. Nothing new this Monday.|
|Apr-16-18|| ||gawain: So simple. The only wrinkle in this one is that Black can refrain from the capture on f8--but that does not help him. It does not even delay the mate.|
|Apr-16-18|| ||offramp: It is move 44.
Material is not level.
White has a pawn majority on the queenside.
This is balanced by the Black king being nearer the centre than his opponent.
White controls 15 central squares, but Black only controls 10 centre squares.
White has a weak pawn on f6. It is isolated and will be attacked by ..Qa8 and ...Qd5.
We are therefore looking for a drawing attempt.
The only drawing method is a stalemate.
The only possible solution is therefore
15. Qa8+ Rxa9 [sic]
20. Rd8 double check
|Apr-16-18|| ||sakredkow: First noticed Black checkmates next move, so whatever white does it has to disrupt that. Then it was easy to find the checkmate after seeing the only forcing move is Qxf8+. It was very fast to solve but I'm not sure better players have to go through a "process" or if they just see something like this instantly.|
|Apr-16-18|| ||Clemens Scheitz: Hasta la mista, baby|
|Apr-16-18|| ||Peligroso Patzer: The move played by Black (44. … Qe3) immediately before today’s given puzzle position is an interesting choice. |
It is tempting to assume any move that allows a short (here, 2 moves) mating combination in reply is a blunder, and it seems Black could have prolonged his agony (i.e., postponed mate for a number of moves) with 44. … Qd6. Nevertheless, it is understandable that GM Mista did not relish the prospect of suffering through the endgame resulting from 45. Qxd6 Bxd6.
So, he presumably thought (in the true spirit of the would-be swindler), why not play 44. … Qe3?/!? and give White the opportunity to play a genuine and catastrophic blinder with 45. Rc8???
(No one ever garnered a point - or half a point - by resigning, but swindles do occasionally succeed.)
|Apr-16-18|| ||thegoodanarchist: After this win against a higher rated opponent, Daniel changed his last name to Happyzikowski|
|Apr-17-18|| ||Penguincw: Missed another Monday puzzle. So I decided to look into the tactics archive. I struggled at first, probably because I was looking at the Sunday puzzle.|
So I decided to look at the Monday puzzle. 1/1 this week. Let's see how I do on the Tuesday puzzle, on Tuesday.