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This is going to be one of those annoying puzzles that looks like it should be a piece of piss but in reality will take a while to solve.I fear I'm going to lose a lot of my Sunday to this one.
Well as it turned out it didn't take me that long at all.Very cute.Will comment my solution - and the path that took me to it - a little later.
Here's my solution:-1st asked what would Agatha Christie do? 1. Kh3 probably. doesn't look very likely in this position though.2nd decided I needed to cut the king-off so tried1. Qe3but quickly realised there was no mate in 2 after 1. ... Kf5.3rd asked what would Aagaard do? Work out where he wanted to be then calcualate a route there probably ... so I tried to look at mating patterns that I could head for but couldn't see any.4th - without concsiously thinking about it - I realised that 1. Qc5 would prevent the King getting to the e-file but also stop 1. ... Kf5.5th decided that1. ... Kg72. Qe7+ Kh63. Qg5 was mate.It's not but I didn't realise that til later. What I did see that Black could play 2. ... Kh8 and there was no way to mate in one. In this round about way I realised I had to keep the black king out of the corner as well.6thOnce I had that nugget of information it didn't take long to find.1. Qc5 Kg72. Qh5 Kf83. Qf7 mateor2. ... Kf63. Qg5 mate7thit only left me to eliminate1. ... Kf7 as a possibility which was quite straight forward2. Qf8 Kh73. Bb1 mateThat wraps it up doesn't it?
I had 1. Qc5 too
This is very similar to the following problem (which I found in Solving In Style):WKe4, Qb5, Ba5. BKc8White to play and mate in 3.
7thit only left me to eliminate1. ... Kf7 as a possibility which was quite straight forward2. Qf8 Kh73. Bb1 mateEh?
5th decided that1. ... Kg72. Qe7+ Kh63. Qg5 was mate.It's not, which is why it's not 1.Qc5.
2. Qf8 Kh73. Bb1 mateThe only King move that makes sense with this sequence (and the 5th step as outlined) is1. ... Kg6
It's not, which is why it's not 1.Qc5.Justin,what's the answer then?1. Qc5 mates in 3 as far as I can see.
I apologise, my mind was elsewhere when I wrote the above posting. Yes, of course it is 1.Qc5, just not for the reason given - there's a flight square on h7!I thought 1.Kg4 might be a cook, but I think 1....Kg6 keeps out of White's clutches for long enough.
This is very similar to the following problem (which I found in Solving In Style):WKe4, Qb5, Ba5. BKc8White to play and mate in 3.Thanks v. much Jack - that's an even better one I think.Took me much longer. Couldn't get the key idea. Tried loads of stuff but while everything seemed to almost work (close enough to keep me following false trails) nothing quite did.Then I gave up and was just about to post that duffer question "Is this the right position?" but I wanted to just double check if there were any other ideas I hadn't looked at yet.Strange but as soon as I gave up trying I saw the solution instantly!PS: and now I've got to the end (finally) I can see why this reminded you of EJH's puzzle.THanks for posting it.
Funny enough I've got Solving In Style but I didn't see any puzzles in it (this one's another from Leonard Barden's Chess Puzzle Book) that seemed suitable. I should look more carefully.
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