Our last puzzle generated a record number of comments and debate – ranging from “impossible” right through to GM Jon Speelman immediately identifying the match, year, and opponents, whilst sportingly not posting the spoiler!
Props go to Adam Cranston this time – correctly figuring out this fiendishly tricky puzzle with the extremely non-intuitive 1.Kc8!! Line continues as follows:
- Kc8!!, b5
- Kd7! (White is now threatening Kc6), b4 (or Bf5+)
- Kd6!, Bf5
- Ke5!, Bc8 (or anywhere else on h3-c8 diagonal)
- Kd4 and black is in the square, so =
A true beauty.
To this week’s puzzle – and our source material is one of our Sledgehammer Cup Games! If you haven’t done so already, it’s not too late to get involved in our season-long, long play format competition, which is providing some great matchups.
Not strictly a forced-mate, but an 8 move mating sequence (with all remaining pieces staying on the 8th rank), with White to move – answers in the comments please: