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# Christmas Present For Alena

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

Comments (3)

No. 1-3

Editor

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

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.

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.