Puzzle of the Week #008

It’s been a while –¬†once again – but we’re back for another installment.

Our previous puzzle back in June was an interesting one. With Black to move, there doesn’t appear to be anything decisive…. Dig a little deeper though, and you can see a neat combination that allows Black to pickup the White Knight hanging on d5.

Paul takes the plaudits for this one, with Black to move 1… Nxf3, 2.exf3 Bg2, [threatening to take the White Rook] 3.Rg1 Bxf3+ [checking White, and allowing the Bishop to take the Knight for free on the next move]. Tidy.

Up next is this beauty – White’s move, with spaghetti all over the board. Solutions in the comments as usual please:

17 thoughts on “Puzzle of the Week #008”

  1. one way to go only – really striking puzzle
    1. Rh3+ Kg5
    2. Rh5+ Kf4
    3. Rf5+ Ke3
    4. Rf3+ Kd4
    5. Rd3+ Kc5
    6 Rd5+ Kb6
    7. Rb5+ Kc7
    8. Rb7+ Kd8
    9.Rd7 ++

  2. Nice puzzle! Looks like a very forcing line leads to mate…

    1. Ra3+! Kg5 2. Rh5+ Kf4 3. Rf5+ Ke3 4. Rf3+ Kd4 5. Rd3+ Kc5 6. Rd5+ Kb6 7. Rb5+ Kc7 8. Rb7+ Kd8 9. Rd7#

  3. Be6 Rb8. Nf3 Qf8. Rh3 Kg7. Nh4 then Rg5 or h7 I can’t see which is better. This is leading to mate soon I think. Need to get to a board though.

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