Puzzles Evening (Part 2)

Here’s the second set of two from our puzzles evening. The answers are included below, but in white. If you highlight the relevant area with your mouse, you’ll be able to see the answers.

Puzzle #3: White to move

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1. Rxh6+ Kxh6
2. Qf4+ g5 (actually Qg5 is best, but loses the queen to Qh2+)
3. Qh1+ Kg6
4. Qh5+ Kf6
5. Qf7#+

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Puzzle #4: White to move

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The black rook is ideally placed on the e-file. King moves lose to rook checks on the eighth rank. It turns out that e2 is the best square for the rook, and that any other square allows white to initiate a winning strategy for either Re3 or Re1

1. Rh7 Re3
2. Rd7+ Ke8 (if Kc8 then Ra7 followed by Ra8#)
3. Ra7 Kf8
4. Rf7+ Ke8
5. Rf4 Kd8 (if Rd3 then Rg4, while if Re2 then Bc6+)
6. Be4 Ke8
7. Bc6+ Kd8
8. Rf8 Re8
9. Rxe8#

1. Rh7 Re1
2. Ra7 Rc1
3. Rf7 Re1 (the rook arrives on f7 with gain of time)
4. Bf3 Ke8
5. Rf4 Kd8
6. Ra4 Rc1
7. Bg4 Ke8
8. Be6 Rd1+
9. Bd5 Kf8
10. Rg4 with Rg8# to follow

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Steve Lovell

Steve is the Admin Secretary for the Bury St Edmunds Chess Club. He is also the Internet Officer for the Bury Area Chess League and the Suffolk County Chess Association. Since 2015, Steve has been the organiser of the Bury St Edmunds Chess Congress. Outside of chess, if there is such a thing, Steve works in IT at Atalian Servest.

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