Rich As A King

Friday, July 25, 2014

45 seconds to solve



White to move. Can you find the only one solution to salvage this game for White? Can you do it in 45 seconds or less? No computer please.

6R1/6r1/1p2p2k/2p1P2p/r3Q3/5P2/pq3bPP/1B5K w - - 0 3

19 comments:

PROF.S.G.BHAT said...

1.Qh7+ Rxh7
2.Rh6# this I got in 5 seconds but
1.... Kg5 needs some time.
I will see it later.

Anonymous said...


Just focused on black king position and the surrounding pieces - the rooks white queen and the supporting white bishop. The g and h files and the b1-h7 diagonal. The 'back rank' mate and 'epaulette ' mate configuration sprang up. This took 10 secs.
1.Qh7+.Rxh7.2.Rg6#!
But what a sec, what if black does not cooperate?
1.Qh7+.Kg5! (Is there an alternate? Quickly ruled out alternate 1.Rh7+.Kg5.2.g4+.Kh4!) then the simple continuation sprang up! 2.Qxg7+.Kf/h4.3.Qg4#

So, I got the solution but it took more than 45 secs!

Ok. Not bad I guess, close to 60 secs.

Harry

AJAX said...

Qh7+ Kg5 Qxg7+ Kf4 Qg5#

PROF.S.G.BHAT said...

O.K.I was busy for a while.
1.Qh7+ Kg5
2.Qxg7+ Kf4 or Kh4
3.Qg5#

Anonymous said...

Qh7

Pranav Dandekar said...

1. Qh7+ Kg5
2. Qxg7+ Kf4/h4
3. Qg5#

Took me 48 secs. :(

Anonymous said...

1.Qh7+!

sivip said...

1.Qh7+ Rxh7 2.Rg6++

Anonymous said...

There appear to be at least two saves for W. What I did within 45secs (probably!)was straightforward checking:
1.Rh8+ Kg5
2.h4+ Bxh4
3.f4+ Kg4
4.Qf3#
Then I put it into Stockfish and
it did a mate in 3 starting with
1.Qh7+

Cheers
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dk said...

No computer, so I hope I didn't miss anything:

1.Qh7+! Kg5 (1...Rxh7, 2.Rg6#)
2.Qxg7+ Kf4/h4
3.Qg5#

(after 2...Kh4 I first saw 3.Qg3+ Bxg3, 4.hxg3#, but unfortunately that's not necessary! :-) )

kanayo chelsea said...

first to comment.
1.Rh8+ Kg5 (1...Rh7 2.Qg7#)
2.h4#

kanayo - abuja

kanayo chelsea said...

first to comment.
1.Rh8+ Kg5 (1...Rh7 2.Qg7#)
2.h4#

kanayo - abuja

pht said...


It's all enforced mate in 4.
I spent more than 45 seconds, but at least first move is rather obvious:

1. Rh8+ Kg5 (Rh7 Qf6#)
2. h4+!

The trick here, to deprive king of escape field h4.

2. ... Bxh4 (enforced)
3. f4+ Kg4
4. Qf3#

trixster said...

Qh7+ RxQh7
Rg6#

Anonymous said...

1. Qh7+
a) Rxh7 2. Rg6 mate
b) Kg5 2. Qxg7+
... 1) Kh4 3. Qg5 mate
... 2) Kf4 3. Qg5 mate

Anonymous said...

1. Rh8 Kg5 (if 1. … Rh7 2. Qg6#)
2. h4 Bxh4
3. Qe3#.

Anonymous said...

Mate in 2

1. Rh8+ Rh7
2. Qg6#

1. Rh8+ Kg5
2. h4#

Anonymous said...

1. Qxh7+! the rest is silence... ;-) 10,5 secs.

Mr. Zed said...

It's the very first thing I looked at.