Find The Shortest Mate

How quickly can you find the shortest mate in this position?

r4r2/1pNP4/pPk2N1Q/2BR1n2/1P6/8/2p2K1p/8 w - - 0 1

Comments (5)
No. 1-5
DaveCubby
DaveCubby

@niukniuk, 1. Ne4+ Nxh6+!! - take a look at Black Rook on f8. That’s why White King has to move away from the f-file to unpin White Knight. 1. Ke1!!!! (This move leads to a quick mate)

  1. Ke1!!!

a) 1...c1=Q+, 2. Qxc1! h1=Q+, 3. Bg1#!!! (discovered check and mate)
b) 1...h1=Q+, 2. Qxh1! c1=Q+, 3. Rd1#!!! (discovered check and mate).

DaveCubby
DaveCubby
  1. Ke1!!! (Holy Toledo!!! - unpinning White Knight)

a) 1...c1=Q+, 2. Qxc1! h1=Q+, 3. Bg1#!!! (discovered check and mate!!)
b) 1...h1=Q+, 2. Qxh1! c1=Q+, 3. Rd1#!!! (discovered check and mate!!)

niukniuk
niukniuk

1.Ne4+ Nxh6
2.Rd6#

or

1.Ne4+ Rf6
2.Qxf6#

Yancey_Ward
Yancey_Ward

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Keep looking, Alena.

Alena
Alena

1.Rxf5 c1=R
2.Ng4+ Kxd7
3.Ne5+ Kd8
4.Rxf8#



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