Find The Shortest Mate

I got this puzzle pretty easily- less than a minute- but the simple elegance of it was pleasing. White to move.

8/8/3p4/6QR/4b3/7P/5K1P/6Bk w - - 0 1

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No. 1-7
yavuz240
yavuz240

Kg3! +-

Alena
Alena

1.Qg8 Ba8
2.Rd5 Bxd5
3.Qxd5#

Alena
Alena

Yes, you are right Dave.

DaveCubby
DaveCubby

Hey, Alena!! You mistyped 1. Qc8. It should be 1. Qg8

Alena
Alena

c) 1.Qc8 Bf3
2.Kxf3 d5
3.Qg2#

It took 20 minutes to solve this puzzle.

Yancey_Ward
Yancey_Ward

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Yes, Loyd was deeply fond of zugzwang themes in mate in 3s.

DaveCubby
DaveCubby
  1. Qg8!!!

a) 1...Bc6, 2. Rd5!! Bxd5, 3. Qxd5#!
b) 1...d5, 2. Qg4! (Black is in zugzwang) d4, 3. Qxe4#!



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