Saturday, March 7, 2009

Cecil's Saturday Puzzle - February 28, 2009

From the Saturday Winnipeg Free Press

White to Move and Mate in 3 (Wainwright)

Well, White has most squares covered , but how to deliver mate. Bd3 is an idea, but needs support.
Let's try 1. Rd8 but 1 ...Kf5 and the king runs away. 2. Bd3 Ke6 3. Qxg4+ Ke7 4. Qd7#

I tried several other moves, but no go.

Ok, the answer is 1. Ka2 - but I must confess I still didn't see the idea
1...Bb8 2.Qh1 what ? oh ! 2...Ba7 3.Qb1#
1...Kf5 2. Qxg4 Kxg4 3. Be6#

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