Wednesday, May 30, 2007

beauty


A beautiful problem from phase 5 of CTB. Black to move.

(White on bottom)

12 comments:

chessloser said...

that is a nice one, took me a while, but i think i have it. Qe2

The Rise and Shine Good Knight said...

nope!

Blue Devil Knight said...

I think I got it.

Is the first move Ke6?

The Rise and Shine Good Knight said...

nope!

this problem is so beautiful you'll crap your pants, I needed the computer to tell me what the answer was

Loomis said...

Blue Devil is very close, the only problem with Ke6 is the check from the white queen. (hint hint)

BlunderProne said...

Wow that one is a cute problem. It took me 15 minutes. The hint is hte King can't really move in the center. And Like Loomis says, Ke6 is close if it weren't for the queen check because the position JUST SCREEMS f5 if the king were at e6.

So how to go about it? Sac your Queen with a check and a threat on b1. He has to take the queen but this displaces her. Now 2... Ke6 sets up the punch. There is no stopping the f5#.
If I'm right, do I get a link on your side bar? ;)

likesforests said...

1...Qb1+ 2.Qxb1 Ke6 3.(any) f5#.

I saw the moves in reverse order. f5+ is almost mate, but the king could escape. So Ke6, f5+... but then the enemy queen could play Qh3+ and spoil the whole sequence. So Qb1+ is the first move as that forces the exchange and the win is obvious. :)

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Pawn Shaman said...

Slick

chessloser said...

damn. see, i wanted to move the king down, but i knew the queen could check and it wouldn't work. sacing the queen never even came close to my mind...freaking brilliant...i didn't crap my pants, but only barely...

The Rise and Shine Good Knight said...

Qb1+!

Anyone who got that right away is a monster

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