Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Oldie chess tactic


White to move. Can you spot the right continuation?

Source: ChessToday.net

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

Oldie chess tactic but definitely a goodie. The white queen, rook and both bishops are pointed right at the black king while the black pieces are cramped and leaving the protection of the black king mainly up to the pawns.
1.Bxg6 unleashes the power of both bishops and wrecks black's position.

if 1... hxg6 2.Qh8#

if 1... fxg6 then 2.Qh6 threatening Qg7#.
Only the dark square bishop can cover the g7 square but unfortunately as soon as it moves, the c7 rook beautifully coordinates with the queen on h7 for a forced mate in 2.

So what else is there for black?
1... h6 then 2.Qxh6 renewing all threats.
Black can not ignore the bishop sac because white will play 2.Qxh7+ and black can not deal with the multiple threats of Qg7, Qh8 and Qxf7(if he moves his bishop). Black is totally busted here and can not avoid mate.

Great piece placement by Schlechter and a good display of attacking chess. No wonder he was able put up stiff resistance against lasker and (controversially?)drew their World championship match.

Umesh Tawde said...

1. Bxg6! fxg6 (if hxg6 then Qh8#)
2. Qh6! Kf7.

(If Bf8 then Qg7# or if Bf6 then Qh7+ and Qf7#)

3. Qxh7+ Ke6 (if Kf8 then Qg7#)
4. Qxg6#

Mycroft said...

After noticing that Rxe7 Qxe7 leads nowhere, start with Bxg6!; if hg than Qh8#. If fg, Qh6 wins, since Bf8 uncovers the rook's control of h7 and thus allows Qxh7#.

zafer akcali said...

1. Bxg6 fxg6 (opens 7th rank for the white rook)
2. Qh6 Bf6 (if ...Bf8 3. Qxh7#)
3. Qxh7+ Kf8
4. Qf7#

Anonymous said...

1. Bxg6! wins

A If 1..hxg 2. Qh8#

B If 1..fxg 2. Qh6 threatening Qg7#
B1 If 2.Bf6 3. Qxh7+ and 4. Qf7#
B2 If 2.Bf8 3. Qh7#
B3 If 2.Kf7 3. Qg7+.Ke6 4. Qxg6+.Bf6 5.Qg4#
B4 If 2.black any other 4. Qg7#

C If 1..Rf8.2. Qg7#

D If 1..any other move 2. Qxh7+.Kf8 3. Qf7#

Harry

pht said...

I try:

1. Bxg6! fxg6 (hxg6? Qh8#. Otherwise Qxh7 etc.)
2. Qh6 Bf6 (Bf8 Qxh7#)
3. Qxh7+ Kf8
4. Qf7#

Seems to be mate in 4!

Prof.S.G.Bhat said...

1.BXg6 fxg6
1.... hxg6 2.Qh8#
2.Qh6 Bf6
3.Qxh7+ Kf8
4.Qxf7#

Manish Shrikhande said...

1. Bxg6 fg (hg is met with Qh8++)
2. Qh6 Bf8 (to counter the mate at g7)
3. Qxh7++

fajac said...

1. Bxg6!! and Black has no way out.
1. ... fxg6
1. ... hxg6 2. Qh8#
1. ... Bf6 2. Qxh7+ and 3. Qxf7#
1. ... Be6 2. Qxh7+ and 3. Qh8#
2. Qh6 Threat: Qg7#
2. ... Bf6
2. ... Bf8 3. Qxh7#
3. Qxh7+ Kf8
4. Qf7#

Awfulhangover said...

1. Bxg6 fxg6 2.Qh6 and no defence for black. Other lines lose even quicker.

davey said...

Nobody has been careful enough so far!

1. Bxg6 fxg
2. Qh6 Kf7
3. Qxh7+ Ke6
4. Qxg6+ Bf6
5. Rc6+ Kd7
6. Rd6+ Kc7
7. RxQ wins

davey said...

7. RxQ wins

... or even better

7. Qf7+