Monday, October 12, 2009

Cecil's Saturday Puzzle - October 10, 2009

From the Saturday Free Press
White to mate in 3 (Densmore)

The surprising answer is 1.Qa1
if 1...Rxa1 2. Bxa1 and the rest is easy.
If 1...R moves off the first rank, 2. Qh1 is mate
If 1. Other Rook moves 2. Be8 leads to mate


Steven de Groot said...

Looks like Bh8 to me. At first I thought it was Be8, but Bh8 seems to be the only way to stop the stalemate that follows black giving away his rook.

Cecil Rosner said...

But where's the threat?
What happens after 1.... RxB?

Steven de Groot said...

Your right, I guess its too slow to mate in 3. Qa1 is the answer.

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