Friday, November 28, 2008

Cecil's Saturday Puzzle - November 22, 2008

From the Winnipeg Free Press

White to move and Mate in 3 (Branton)

I tried a few quick lines and decided that the g4 square has to be covered immediately. So 1.Nf2
Then I have ideas of playing Bg7 to cover h6 (if the R moves, Black may be able to run over there, moving the bishop also vacates f4 for Qf4 mating ideas. What do you think ?

Oh, I forgot one of the 'issues' I encountered early - 1...Bg8 and Black has a nuisance check.

So, I had to put the engine on this one... the answer is 1. Bh8.
So I looked at some lines and couldn't figure out why 1.Bg7 isn't just as good.
For the answer, please play through some lines below. Some very nice lines.

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