Tuesday, September 18, 2007

White to move


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice problem. I think the answer is...

1.Bxc6! If Black doesn't capture the bishop immediately, then it will retreat, and White will simply be up a piece. So let us look at the recaptures.

1...dxc6 2.Nxc6 is mate, whereas
1...Qxc6 just throws away the queen

so that leaves

1...bxc6 and now White has the killer shot
2.Bg5+! What can Black try?

2...Qxg5 3.Nxc6 is mate, while
2...f6 3.Ne6+ and the Black queen drops
2...Qxe7 ditto

and that leaves us with

2...Be7 3.Bxe7+ Qxe7 4.Nxc6+ which is a massacre.

9/18/2007 12:59:00 PM  
Blogger Blue Devil Knight said...

Anonymous: I hadn't even considered the 2...Be7 move from black. Fantastic analysis.

This is a problem in Phase 5 of Chess Tactics for Beginners.

9/18/2007 01:06:00 PM  
Blogger Blue Devil Knight said...

It's exercise 1257.

9/18/2007 08:13:00 PM  

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