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# Find The Shortest Mate

I didn't find this puzzle terribly difficult, but I think some might. Can you find the shortest mate?

Comments

No. 1-5

Editor

Alena's solution is the correct one.

Editor

Shamelin, 1.Bd7 Qh5 2.gh5 Rh8 pushes the mate beyond 4 moves- in fact, I think mate in 6 total is all this line accomplishes.

V-2

1.Bb5 Bb1

2.Bc6 Nf4

3.Nxd5 a5

4.Nf6#

V-3

1.Bb5 Qb1

2.Bd7 Ne7

3.Bf5+ Nxf5

4.Rxe5#

V-4

1.Bb5 Bxb3

2.Bxd3+ Rxd3

3.Re2+ Re3

4.Rxe3#

- Bd7 (threatening 2. Bf5#)

a) if 1. …, Ne7/Nh4; 2. Bf5+, N:f5 (forced); 3. R:e5# (MATE IN 3!)

b) if 1. …, Qh5; 2. g:h5! (still threatening 3. Bf5#), Ne7/Nh4; 3. Bf5+, N:f5 (forced); 4. R:e5#

V-1

1.Bb5 axb5

2.Nxb5 d4

3.c4 h5

4.Nd6#

I will consider another variations tomorrow.