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# Find The Shortest Mate

Can you find the unique shortest mate in this position. It took me over half an hour to find the thread this afternoon.

Comments (5)

No. 1-5

Editor

Well done, Illyrialady.

Pretty sure that the 1st move would be a king move, and wanting to avoid blocking the white-squared bishop with Kf3,

or subjecting the White king to a check by playing Kf4, I tried 1. Kg4. That gives a mate in 4.

- Kg4 Kd4
- Rd3+ Kc4
- Bd5+ Kb4 or Kb5
- Rb3#

- Kg4 Kd4
- Rd3+ Ke5
- Kg5 e6
- Bc7# or 4. Nd7#

- Kg4 e5
- Kf5 Kd4
- Nb7+ Kc4
- Na5#

- Kg4 e5
- Kf5 e4
- Ke5 e3
- Bd5#

- Kg4 e6
- Bc6 Kd4
- Rd3+ Ke5
- Nd7#

- Kg4 e6
- Bc6 e5
- Bb5+ Kd5 or Kd4
- Rd3#

Editor

Try again, Alena. That, of course, is a hint about the length.

V-2

1.Bc6 e5

2.Bb5+ Kd4

3.Rd3#

V-3

1.Bc6 e6

2.Kf3 Kd4

3.Ne4+ Ke5

4.Rb5#

V-4

1.Bc6 Kd4

2.Kf4 Kc4

3.Ke4 e5

4.Bd5#

At first I found mate in 6. Then I corrected my solution and got mate in 5.

1.Bc6! Kd4

2.Kf4 e5+

3.Kf5 e4

4.Nxe4+ Kc4

5.Nd2#