Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Smirin chess tactic

White to move. How should white proceed?

Source: ChessToday.net


James I. Hymas said...

1. Ra1 Qb2/b3/c4
2. Q:f8+ K:f8
3. Ra8+ Qb8/c8
4. R:b8/c8#

Ralph said...

I am pretty tempted by 1. Ra1 and if for example 1. ...Qc4, I can play 2.Qxf8 followed by 3. Ra8+ which mates soon. The other queen retreats don't seem to fare any better.

Oleg Mezjuev said...

1. Ra1 Qb2 2. Qxf8+ and white wins a rook. If 2. ... Kxf8 then 3. Ra8+ Qb8 3. Rxb8#. All that black has left is to accept the loss of rook (2. ... Kh7).

hitsujyun said...

1...Qc4 2.Qxf8+ Kh7 ( 2...Kxf8 3.Ra8+ )
3.Nxf5 Rxf5

1...Qxf2+ 2.Kxf2 Nxd4+ 3.Kg1

1.Qxf8+?? Kxf8 2.Ra1 Qxa1 3.Rxa1 Nxd4 4.Ra8+ Ke7

Vivian said...

1. Ra1, with the idea 2. Qf8:+ and 3. Ra8 mate, seems to win out of hand.

Anonymous said...

Ra1, Q moves then Qxf8. or am i missing something?

Anand Gautam said...

1. Ra1 Qxa1
2. Rxa1 1-0
If 1. ... Qxx (any other move)
2. Qxf8+ Kxf8 (forced, else rook down)
3. Ra8+ 1-0

me said...


pht said...

I like:

1. Ra1!
Attacking queen and preparing a later Ra8+.

1. ... Qc4 anything better?
2. Qxf8+!
The "bomb". But I saw this move right away.

2. ... Kh7 (Kxf8?? Ra8+ Qc8 Rxc8#)

and white is up with a rook.

Ein Steppenwolf said...

1. Ra1 Qc4 or Qb2 or Qd2
2. Qxf8+

2. … Kh7
White is up a rook.

2. … Kxf8
3. Ra8#


3. Ra8+ Qb8
4. Rxb8#

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Lucymarie said...

White wins at least a rook, or mates if Black doesn't recapture on f8.

1. Ra1 Qc4 (or Qb2 or Qd2) 2. Qxf8+ Kxf8 3. Ra8+ Qc8 4. Rxc8#