Puzzle of the Week #026

We’re back – and straight to business.

Paul “Dead Eye” Kennelly takes the plaudits for last time with the following sequence: 1. Bg4+ Kd6 2.Bxe5+ Kxe5 3. Qb2+ Kd6 4. Qh2 Kc5 5. Qc7 and mate.

An interesting game from the 2016 Baku Olympiad, Indij v Cruz.

On to this week’s offering, where White has been rather cavalier with the little guys but in return has a substantial lead in development, and the black King is not looking good! How did white decide the game to his advantage? Answers in the comments pls:

4 thoughts on “Puzzle of the Week #026”

  1. 1. Bb5

    If 1. … c6 (or Bd7) to cut off the diagonal and access to r8, then 2. Ne5#.

    If 1. … fxg4 capturing the queen, then 2. Be8+ Kf8, Bh5#.

    If 1. … Nc6 then 2. Ne5+ Nxe5, 3. Be8+ Kf8, 4. Bh5#.

    And finally if 1. … g6 to create space for the king then 2. Qh4 and there are a few variations involving some of the above with the option of finishing off the king on g7 square with the dark sq. bishop giving the mate on f6.

  2. 1. Bb5 g6, 2. Ne5+ Kg7, 3. Qh4

    King is in zugzwang if h7 pawn is pushed
    3. … h6, 4. Rxh8+ If captures with rook check mate in one (Qh6#) if captures with king then Nxg6 lead to check mate in few moves.

  3. Also if 1. … Qxb5 capturing the bishop then Nxb5 and black can’t capture white’s queen because of Ne5#. Lol it’s endless…. (Spam)

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