White to move. Can you find the only one solution to salvage this game for White? Can you do it in 45 seconds or less? No computer please.

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1.Qh7+ Rxh7

2.Rh6# this I got in 5 seconds but

1…. Kg5 needs some time.

I will see it later.

Just focused on black king position and the surrounding pieces – the rooks white queen and the supporting white bishop. The g and h files and the b1-h7 diagonal. The ‘back rank’ mate and ‘epaulette ‘ mate configuration sprang up. This took 10 secs.

1.Qh7+.Rxh7.2.Rg6#!

But what a sec, what if black does not cooperate?

1.Qh7+.Kg5! (Is there an alternate? Quickly ruled out alternate 1.Rh7+.Kg5.2.g4+.Kh4!) then the simple continuation sprang up! 2.Qxg7+.Kf/h4.3.Qg4#

So, I got the solution but it took more than 45 secs!

Ok. Not bad I guess, close to 60 secs.

Harry

Qh7+ Kg5 Qxg7+ Kf4 Qg5#

O.K.I was busy for a while.

1.Qh7+ Kg5

2.Qxg7+ Kf4 or Kh4

3.Qg5#

Qh7

1. Qh7+ Kg5

2. Qxg7+ Kf4/h4

3. Qg5#

Took me 48 secs. 🙁

1.Qh7+!

1.Qh7+ Rxh7 2.Rg6++

There appear to be at least two saves for W. What I did within 45secs (probably!)was straightforward checking:

1.Rh8+ Kg5

2.h4+ Bxh4

3.f4+ Kg4

4.Qf3#

Then I put it into Stockfish and

it did a mate in 3 starting with

1.Qh7+

Cheers

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No computer, so I hope I didn’t miss anything:

1.Qh7+! Kg5 (1…Rxh7, 2.Rg6#)

2.Qxg7+ Kf4/h4

3.Qg5#

(after 2…Kh4 I first saw 3.Qg3+ Bxg3, 4.hxg3#, but unfortunately that’s not necessary! 🙂 )

first to comment.

1.Rh8+ Kg5 (1…Rh7 2.Qg7#)

2.h4#

kanayo – abuja

first to comment.

1.Rh8+ Kg5 (1…Rh7 2.Qg7#)

2.h4#

kanayo – abuja

It’s all enforced mate in 4.

I spent more than 45 seconds, but at least first move is rather obvious:

1. Rh8+ Kg5 (Rh7 Qf6#)

2. h4+!

The trick here, to deprive king of escape field h4.

2. … Bxh4 (enforced)

3. f4+ Kg4

4. Qf3#

Qh7+ RxQh7

Rg6#

1. Qh7+

a) Rxh7 2. Rg6 mate

b) Kg5 2. Qxg7+

… 1) Kh4 3. Qg5 mate

… 2) Kf4 3. Qg5 mate

1. Rh8 Kg5 (if 1. … Rh7 2. Qg6#)

2. h4 Bxh4

3. Qe3#.

Mate in 2

1. Rh8+ Rh7

2. Qg6#

1. Rh8+ Kg5

2. h4#

1. Qxh7+! the rest is silence… 😉 10,5 secs.

It’s the very first thing I looked at.