Wednesday, September 25, 2013

One Minute Miracle

It might be a bad sign that I've sunk to blogging about my bullet games, but this one was too cool to pass up. Out of respect for the position, I won't present the game, just this puzzle. It's white to move and win. I think it's a pretty tough, but I expect a few of you can do it. Please answer in the comments.


  1. 1. Rxh6+ Kg8
    2. Qc4+ Kf8
    3. Rh8+ Ke7
    4. Qb4+ Ke6
    5. Rxd8 Qxa6
    6. Qxd2 +/-

  2. Every time I start a chess problem billed as tactical or in any way "interesting", the first thing I do is check every way to sack the queen. Didn't help this time, but still a fun problem, especially for bullet.

  3. Didn't see these comments till just now. Daniel's line is generally right, but 2...Qf7 is a more interesting defense than Kf8. White still has to find some good moves to win there.

    1. Yeah it took me a (long) minute to see the refutation of 2...Qf7. I think this is it:

      1. Rxh6+ Kg8
      2. Qc4+ Qf7
      3. Rh8+ Kxh8
      4. Qh4+ Kg8
      5. Qxd8+ Kh7
      6. Qxd2 +/-

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  5. Ryan's solution is correct and was played in the game.