Christmas Present For Alena

How quickly can Alena find the shortest mate in this position? White to move.

8/2P5/6P1/8/N7/2p2K2/7R/2k5 w - - 0 1

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Yancey_Ward
Yancey_Ward

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The key lines are v2 and v3, of course because of the stalemate that arises after 2.Qxc3.

Alena
Alena

V-1
1.c8=R c2
2.Rh1+ Kd2
3.Rd8#

V-2
1.c8=R Kb1
2.Rxc3 Ka1
3.Rc1#

V-3
1.c8=R Kd1
2.Rxc3 Ke1
3.Rc1#
It took 8 minutes to solve this puzzle.

Alena
Alena

Thank you Yancey for your Cristmas puzzle. I have just seen it but I have no time to solve it now. It's time to go to bed for me. I wll solve it tomorrow.

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