# Find The Shortest Mate

Yancey_Ward

2K1b2n/2ppPk1P/R2PpPp1/6p1/1p4p1/1B4P1/3P3B/5R2 w - - 0 1

Yancey_Ward

2K1b2n/2ppPk1P/R2PpPp1/6p1/1p4p1/1B4P1/3P3B/5R2 w - - 0 1

No. 1-4

Editor

Well done! This is an example of a puzzle with the Pickaninny theme where a black pawn makes all four of its possible moves in the solution- 1 square forward, 2 squares forward, or capture to either side. In this case it was the black c-pawn in each of your four variations. When this occurs on the white side, it is called an Albino.

At last I have found how to get mate in 4 in all variations. I had difficulty with V-4.

V-1

1.Rb6! cxd6

2.d4 d5

3.Rd6 e5

4.Bxd5#

V-2

1.Rb6! c6

2.Rxb4 c5

3.Rc4 e5

4.Rxc5#

V-3

1.Rb6 c5

2.d3 c4

3.dxc4 e5

4.c5#

V-4

1.Rb6 cxb6

2.Bg1! b5

3.Bf2! Kxf6

4.Bd4#

Editor

1.Bg1 is incorrect.

V-1

1.Bg1! cxd6

2.Bd4 d5

3.Rd6 e5

4.Bxd5#

V-2

1.Bg1 c5

2.d3 c4

3.dxc4 e5

4.c5#

V-3

1.Bg1 c6

2.Rxc6 dxc6

3.d7 c5

4.d8=N#

V-4

1.Bg1 c6

2.Rxc6 dxc6

3.d7 Bxd7+

4.Kxd7 c5

5.Bxe6#

V-5

1.Bg1 c6

2.Ra2 c5

3.Rc2 c4

4.Rxc4 e5

5.Rc7#

I wanted to get mate in 4 in all variations but I couldn't do it.