## Wednesday, January 01, 2014

### New Year Checkmate in 3

White to move and mate in 3 moves! (PLEASE no computer lines)

Sent in by US Women's Champion Anna Zatonskih.

pancakeunicorn said...

Rd1+ Ke5
Ng6+ Ke6 or f5
Bd7++

pancakeunicorn said...

Rd1+ Ke5
Ng6+ Ke6 or f5
Bd7++

Anonymous said...

The rook on the d file moves to any square on that file except the fourth --> black king is in check by the white bishop.
1. .. Ke5 (only move)
2. Nd3+ Kf5 (only move)
3. Bd7#

Yancey Ward said...

I remember this one- from a few months back. A very nice puzzle. I remember I found the first move pretty quickly, but the second move is the one that stumped me for a while.

Anonymous said...

Ok I'm dumb can't find 3 but checkmate in 4 I can

Anonymous said...

Rd8. Then Ng6 qnd mates with the bishop on d5

Anonymous said...

1. Kf6

Now black has different choices, but cannot avoid being mated:

if black moves the f pawn: 1. ... f3 2. Rd3+ Kf4 3. Rd4++

if black doesn't move the f pawn it is mated by 2. Rd3++ unless it has brought the Knight or the Queen in position to take the Bishop on c6 (by moving Na5, Qa4, Qc4 or Nd8), in which case 2. Rd3+ Q(N)c6 3. f3++

mshroder said...

1. Kf6 f3 (if e8/Q, Rxe8#)
2. Rd3+ Kf4
3. Rd4#

Mark

John Lovett said...

Rook - D1
King - E5
Knight- F3
King - E6 or F5
Bishop- D7 Mate!

Sorry, I'm not used to writing out chess moves, so my notation isn't proper. Nice Puzzle!

John Lovett said...

Nice puzzle! Cute! Thanks!

Yancey Ward said...

None of these are correct.

Anonymous said...

1 Rf1! (threat 2 f3+ and 3 Ng2#):
a) 1 - f3 2 Rg1 and 3 Rg4#
b) 1 - e1NBRQ 2 Rxe1+ Qe2 3 Rxe2#
c) 1 - exf1NBRQ 2 Nf3! (threat 3 Re5# or 3 Rg5#) Kxf3 3 Rd2#

Anonymous said...

1. Rf1. e*f1 (q)
2. Nf3 threating R any mate, or Re5/d4 mate with double check if bishop is attacked by black
2. ... K*f3
3. Rd2++

Yancey Ward said...

First, let's dispose of 1.Rd1:

1. Rd1 Ke5
2. Nf3 Ke6

Here, even Kf5 defeats the purpose which is to mate in 3 moves, not 4 or 5 moves:

3. Rg6 Ke7 and black will get mated in another 2 moves, but the problem is mate in 3. No better is the knight check from g6 at move 2:

2. Ng6 Kf5 (Ke6 3.Bd7#)

And there is no mate in 3 here either.

Now, some suggested cutting the black king off with a move like 1.Kf6, but this is defeated instantly by black pushing the b-pawn preparing to take the bishop with check if white moves the rook anywhere other than d6:

1. Kf6 b5
2. Rd6 Qc6 and now I don't even see a mate here in less than 6 moves.

Anonymous said...

1. Rf1 exf1X 2. Nf3 and mate by 3. Re5/Rg5/Rd2

Awfulhangover said...

Hi, I remember this coz: 1. I could not find the first move 2. GM Vachier-Lagrave solved it in 1 minute.!!

1.Rf1!!

Anonymous said...

Very tough
1. Rf1 (threat f3+ - Ng2 ++)
1. ... e8f1(q)
2. Nf3 (threat R along 5th, especially Re5)
2. ... K*f3
3. Rd2++

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