On a 2nd look, I find that White can decline after 1…Ra3+ with 2.Kc2 but it doesn’t seem to promise much either, e.g. 2…Rxa2+ 3.Kd1 Qxe3 4.Rxe3 Rxg2. Not sure if I am missing something here, but anyway it would be better than to run into a mate directly.

Took me while to see Ra3- I got hung up on queen moves. Qa1 probably wins, too, but isn’t as elegant, though I think it as decisive.

1. …..Ra3 2. Kc2

Here, Ka3 is a quick mate: [2.Ka3 Qc3 3.Ka4 b5 4.Ka5 (else is Qb4#) Qb4 5.Ka6 Bc8 6.Ka7 Qb7#]. Continuing:

2. …..Ra2 3. Kd1

Or [3.Kc1 Qb2 4.Kd1 Ra1 followed by mate]. Continuing:

3. …..Qb2

And to prevent mate, I don’t see how white avoids losing his queen at a1 after playing to c1:

4. Qc1 Ra1 5. Qa1 Qa1 with a decisive edge for black.

Since I spent time on it, here is the line I see with Qa1:

1. …..Qa1 2. Qd2

On Rf2, black can play Ra3 (this is where the idea of playing Ra3 first occurred to me). The queen is needed at d2 to prevent that line and guard a2 to boot, but it doesn’t matter, I think:

2. …..c5 3. b5

On bc5, black has Ba4: [3.bc5 Ba4 4.Ka3 (4.Kb4 Qd4 5.Ka3 Bc2 with mate to follow) Bc2 5.Ba6 (5.Kb4 Qb2#) Ra6 6.Kb4 Qb2 7.Rb3 Qa2 8.Kc3 Qb3 and mate is almost certainly coming in this line]. Continuing:

3. …..Bb5

To deflect the cover on b1. Continuing:

4. Bb5 Qb1 5. Qb2

Here, Kc3 is met by Ra3#. Continuing:

5. …..c4 6. Kc3

Here, Bc4 will eventually allow the rook to check and skewer the king and queen. Continuing:

first thing to look at is Ra3+, and it works

Ra3 Wins for black..

1..Ra3+ 2Kxa3 Qc3+ Ka4 c5+ ka5 ..Qxb4+…etc…

Black can mate white starting 1…Ta3+

Ra3+ and Qc3+ and c5+

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1…Ra3+

2. KxR Qc3+

3. Ka4 c5+ (A) 4 Bb5 Qxb4# so

4. Ka5 Qxb4+

5.Ka6 (only move) Bc8+

6. Ka8 Qb7#

That’s white’s best.

Ra3+ Kxa3+

Qc3+ Ka4

c5+ Ka5

Qxb4+ Ka6

Bc8+ Ka7

Qb7++

that was very simple… 30 seconds to calculate that in my head..the real question though is did i beat yancey ward..lmao

Hello.

1)…,Ra3+

2)Ka3,Qc3+

3)Ka4,c5+

4)Ka5,Qb4+

5)Ka6,Bc8+

6)Ka7,Qb7#

1)…,Ra3+

2)Kc2,Rc2+

3)Kd1,Qb2 +-

Bye

1.Ra3+

1…Ra3+! 2.Kxa3 (2.Kc2 Rxa2+ -+) Qc3+ 3.Ka4 c5+ (threatening 4…Qxb4#) 4.Ka5 Qxb4+ 5.Ka6 Bc8+ 6.Ka7 Qb7#

1. … Ra3+

2. KxR Qc3+

3. Ka4 c5 dis ch

4. (a) b5 or Bb5 Qb4#

4. (b) Ka5 Qb4+

5. Ka6 Bc8+

6. Ka7 Qb7#

If 2. Kc2 Rxa2+ and mate soon.

Mark

Easy! Or I have a good day today. 🙂

1…Ra3+! 2.Kxa3 Qc3+ 3.Ka4 c5(+) 4.Ka5 Qxc4+ 5.Ka6 Bc8+ 6.Ka7 Qb7#

On a 2nd look, I find that White can decline after 1…Ra3+ with 2.Kc2 but it doesn’t seem to promise much either, e.g. 2…Rxa2+ 3.Kd1 Qxe3 4.Rxe3 Rxg2. Not sure if I am missing something here, but anyway it would be better than to run into a mate directly.

1 … Ra3+! 2 Kxa3 Qc3+ 3 Ka4 c5+ mates.

1…. Ra3+

(a)2 Kxa3 Qc3+

3 Ka4 c5+

4 Ka5 Qxb4+

5 Ka6 Bc8+

6 Ka7 Qb7#

(b) 2 Kc2 Rxa2+

3 Kb1 or Kc1 Qa1#

if 3 Kb3 Qb2#

Ra3+ and now there are two options:

2. Kxa3 – Qc3+, Ka4 – c5+, Ka5 – Qxb4+ – Ka6, Bc8+ and Qb7++

or:

2. Kc2 – Rxa2+ and I am sure that white is in trouble… (maybe black should settle for an endgame with three pawns more in the end.)

Kosteniuk got destroyed in this game. It’s embarrassing.

Took me while to see Ra3- I got hung up on queen moves. Qa1 probably wins, too, but isn’t as elegant, though I think it as decisive.

1. …..Ra3

2. Kc2

Here, Ka3 is a quick mate: [2.Ka3 Qc3 3.Ka4 b5 4.Ka5 (else is Qb4#) Qb4 5.Ka6 Bc8 6.Ka7 Qb7#]. Continuing:

2. …..Ra2

3. Kd1

Or [3.Kc1 Qb2 4.Kd1 Ra1 followed by mate]. Continuing:

3. …..Qb2

And to prevent mate, I don’t see how white avoids losing his queen at a1 after playing to c1:

4. Qc1 Ra1

5. Qa1 Qa1 with a decisive edge for black.

Since I spent time on it, here is the line I see with Qa1:

1. …..Qa1

2. Qd2

On Rf2, black can play Ra3 (this is where the idea of playing Ra3 first occurred to me). The queen is needed at d2 to prevent that line and guard a2 to boot, but it doesn’t matter, I think:

2. …..c5

3. b5

On bc5, black has Ba4: [3.bc5 Ba4 4.Ka3 (4.Kb4 Qd4 5.Ka3 Bc2 with mate to follow) Bc2 5.Ba6 (5.Kb4 Qb2#) Ra6 6.Kb4 Qb2 7.Rb3 Qa2 8.Kc3 Qb3 and mate is almost certainly coming in this line]. Continuing:

3. …..Bb5

To deflect the cover on b1. Continuing:

4. Bb5 Qb1

5. Qb2

Here, Kc3 is met by Ra3#. Continuing:

5. …..c4

6. Kc3

Here, Bc4 will eventually allow the rook to check and skewer the king and queen. Continuing:

6. …..d4 and white loses his queen and the game.