Susan Polgar October 3, 2007 Chess Improvement, Chess Puzzles 7 Comments
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Lxh7+ Dh4+ & Qh4
Yeah, Bxh7 seems to be the right idea. Black is without defense though his two white coloured bishops.
Is the position correctly with those bishops on a8 and e8? Or is e8 a knight?
That would change a lot….
Qh4 mates so
is where the real problem begins.
1. -, Kh8
2. Qh4 with mating threat.
A bad defense is moving the g pawn (g6/g5) because then then 3. Qh6 mates.
So the only move seems to be 2. -, Qxe7 but after 3. Qxe7 black can’t handle both threats of returning (Qh4) and capture the rook (Qxf8).
After 3. -, Bd7 (what else? Bec6 allows 4. Qh4 with mate threat securing the bishop and dxc6 afterwards) 4. Qh4 black is lost.
For example after 4. -, Rfe8 (what else to prevent mate?) 5. Bf5+, Kg8 6. Qh7+, Kf8 7. d6! f6 8. Bg6 Be6 9. Qh8+ white can at least win bishop for rook with big material advantage.
I hoped to find a mate here but without board I am not quite sure…
Is not there something basically wrong with this diagram as there is a light square black bishop both on e8 and a8?
You’re right, black has two bishops on white squares! But that doesn’t change:
and black is toast.
With the two Black bishops I immediately went into retrograde analysis mode (which, by the way, is a very enjoyable type of puzzle, but not very helpful in normal chess.) Just a reflex.