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    A newbie's puzzle for me, help please!

    Help me, please! I'm new at this

    White to move, mate in 3:



    This puzzle has been presented to me by a fellow newbie chessplayer, who has presumably found it in some chessbook that I haven't read. I'm not even sure she knows the answer. I can't seem to figure it out, and would be very grateful for your help.

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    Its a tough puzzle ... White's problem is that he's about to lose his rook ... which is a clue (I think) to the correct first move ...
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    Solution

    Moving the knight would be a good idea.
    Last edited by EvilDragon; 09-10-2008 at 07:03 PM.

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    Nc7+'s not a bad start
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    Might've miss something (without the board), so do not judge harshly

    1. e4 fe4 2. Nd3 Kxd5(2...ed3 Nc7#, 2...Rxg8 3.Nc7#) 3.Nf4#
    1. e4 Rxe8 2.Nxg6 and 3.Nf4#, 1...Rxg8 2.Nxg6 and 3.Nc7# or Nf4#
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    Mate in 2 :


    1.Nc7+ Kf6 2.Nxf7++

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crossfire
    Mate in 2 :
    No

    1.Nc7+ Kf6 2.Nxf7+ e5

    But I would play it in the practical game!!
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    It seems despite all indications it is mate in 3, with a subtle point or two. I must admit it doesn't appeal much to me. All the pieces flushed on the board like thrown with a shovel. Perhaps that is why I had no patience to check it myself, since there was a doubt whether it was correct. But my faithful box spews out
    1.e4 fxe4 2.Nxg6 Kxd5 3.Nf4+ mate or
    1...Rxg8 2.Nf3 Rxe8 3.Ng5+ mate or
    1...Rxe8 2.Nxf7 Rxg8 Ng5+ mate or
    1...Rxe8 2.Nxg6 Rxg8 3.Nf4+ mate (ouch! it has 2 solutions in one branch) or
    1...g5 2.Nxf7 Rxg8 3.Nd8+ mate or
    1...g5 2.Nf3 Rxg8 3.Nc7+ mate (ouch! another double solution) or
    1...f4 2.Nc7+ Kf6 3.Nd7+ mate or
    1...f4 2.Ng7+ Kf6 3.Nd7+ mate

    In the two last cases the mate could be 3.Ng4+ mate instead, so we have a doubled double jeopardy. But I admit f4 didn't do much to stop mate.

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