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# Find The Shortest Mate

How quickly can you find the shortest mate?

5B1b/2NRPp2/1p1N1k1P/1qP4B/Q2P2pK/1bnP2P1/7P/4r3 w - - 0 1

White to move!

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Yancey_Ward

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Haworth, 1.h3 Qd3 2.Nce8 followed by 3.Bxf7#

haworth

if 1 .... Qxd3 doesn't that prevent mate in 3 ?

DaveCubby
1. h3!!! gxh3, 2. g4! Nxa4 3. g5#!!!
Yancey_Ward

Editor

I just now looked at your addition to the Didukh puzzle, and it is the main line and correct.

Alena

V-1

1.h3 gxh3
2.g4 h2
3.g5#

V-2

1.h3 Re4
2.dxe4 gxh3
3.Nde8#

I try to solve chess puzzles every day. I have been solving puzzles from the book 1000 chess problems by J.Vladimirov.

Alena

Yancey, I wrote an extra line in difficul endgame by Sergei Didukh

Yancey_Ward

Editor

If you have done enough of these short mate puzzles, you kind of know what weaknesses the composers are taking advantage of in fooling you. This puzzle is a good example- it really isn't thinking outside the box to find the first move, but you do have to be mentally flexible to find it.

Yancey_Ward

Editor

That is a mate, but not the shortest.

Alena

1.e8=N+ Rxe8
2.Ndxe8+ Kf5
3.Nd6+ Kf6
4.Be7#

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