## Saturday, May 17, 2014

### 10 second checkmate in 2 by a 4 year old

This was a puzzle I created when I was 4 years old.

White to move and checkmate in 2. Can you solve it in 10 seconds or less?

Diogo SOUZA RAMOS said...

I needed 5 more seconds!

Diogo SOUZA RAMOS said...

I needed five seconds more!

Anonymous said...

Nakamura can solve this in 1/100 seconds.

Joselito Asi said...

I just did. Less than 10 seconds but I'm 43 years old. You are far better than me.

Joselito Asi said...

I just did. Less than 10 seconds but I'm 43 years old. You are far better than me.

PROF.S.G.BHAT said...

I found it instantly.
1.Kd1 Kf1
2.Qe1#

Anonymous said...

You were a creative kid :)

Michael Soriano said...

hmmm.. got it but another 8 secs!
GM Polgar Whiz kid you really are.White king move is the key Black zugzwang position.

Michael Soriano said...

Hmmmmmmm...I got it in 18 seconds.. You really a Whiz kid at your early prime..Black in Zugzwang position there is only one way to mate it fast key move is ----..

Michael Soriano said...

Hmmmmmmm...I got it in 18 seconds.. You really a Whiz kid at your early prime..Black in Zugzwang position there is only one way to mate it fast key move is ----..

Anonymous said...

Kd1

Anonymous said...

1.Kd1.Kf1.2.Qe1#

Harry

Anonymous said...

Took me a couple of minutes, and my FIDE rating is over 2000... :(

Anonymous said...

Amazing, making this puzzle at a very young age

PROF.S.G.BHAT said...

So it transpires you were a problem child.

Anonymous said...

took more than 10 seconds! The obvious consideration is to give the opposing King room to avoid checkmate. But moving the Queen to give the King space just seems to give the King too many flight squares and without the support of her own King, there's no quick mate possible. The solution,1. Kd1 as others have already pointed out, has delightful elements. It's counterintuitive to let your opponent free his Queening square. Second, it uses zugzwang to solve the problem of how the Queen can move to give check while giving up watch over the flight squares on the h-file. Black's only move, 1...Kf1 changes his flight squares for the worse, allowing White to mate with 2. Qe1
- Craigaroo

PROF.S.G.BHAT said...

Many commentators are not even beating about the bush; they are bushing about the beat.