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Rd6+ and from there on it’s a minefield for Black… Kf5 is a mate in 1 and Kh5 probably isn’t much better…

1. Qe6+ then 2. Qg8+ 1/2

The c6 pawn must be there for a reason. Start with 1. Rd6+ and weave a mating net!

Looks like 1. Rd6+ will do it. If 1… Kh5 then 2. Qe8+ (if 1… Kf5 then 2. Qh7+)

1. Qe6+

Now Black King has two moves

a) Kh7 which leads to repetitive check by white with Qg8+

b) Kh5 which leads to Qh3+ forcing Kg6 and again repetitive check.

Black has no option but to accept draw…

Other than this, I don’t see any winning move for White here.

1. Rd6+ Kh5

2. Qe8+ Kg4

3. h3+ Kf5

4. g4+ Kf4

5. Qe3#

Or

1. Rd6+ Kh5

2. Qe8+ g6

3. g4+ kxg4

4. Qe2+ Kh4

(if….. Kf5, 5. Qe6+ Kf4 6. Rd4+ wins)

5. Re4+ and wins

Or

1. Rd6+ Kh5

2. Qe8+ g6

3. g4+ Kh4

4. Qe3 wins.

Or

1. Rd6+ Kf5

2. Qe6 #

Hope solution is correct. Mayb have visualized wrongly since I don’t have a chessboard with me now. 🙂

(Variation 1)

1.Rd6+ Kf5

2.Qe6#

(Variation 2)

1.Rd6 Kh5

2.Qe6 g4

3.Qe5+ g5

4.Qe8+ Rf7

5.Qxf7+ Qg6

6.Qxg6#

1.Re6, Kh5

2.Qe8+ g6

3.h3

threatening Qe2+ and the black queen also has to keep protecting g6

3. g4

(3…Qf5; 4.g4+ wins)

4.Qe5+ Qf5

(4…g4; 5.Qe8 mates)

5.g4+ Kg4

6.Qe2+ Kg5

7.f4+ wins the queen and keeps the attack going

1.Rd6+ Kh5

[1…Kf5 2.Qe6#]

2.Qe6 Qb4

[2…Qe4+ 3.Qxe4 +-]

3.Qh3+ Qh4 4.g4#

– SS

Rd6+ Kh5

Qe8+ Kg4

then white should get a win

Win for white:

1. Rd6 Kh5 (… Kf5 2. Qe5#)

2. Qe6 threatening Qh3#

… g4 3. Qe5 Qf5 4. Qf5#

… Qf1 (g1, h1) KxQ followed by quick mate

… Qe4 3. Qe4, easy win for white

… Qb4 3. Qg6 Kg4 4. h3#

regards Peter

1.Qe5+ 2.(a) If black moved Kh7…Qg8+ 2.(b) If black moved Kh5…Qh3+ #Game draw 1/2-1/2

a)

1. Rd6+ Kh5 2. Qe8+ Kg4 3. f3+ Kf5 4. Qe6#

b)

1. Rd6+ Kf5 2. Qe6#

White wins

1. Rd6+

1.Rd6+ Kh5

2.Qe6! and now Qh3 threatens mate

2. … g4

3.Qe5+ g5

4.Qe8+ and black can give rook and queen but is mated nevertheless.

1.Rd6+ and White wins…

If 1… Kh5; 2. Qe8+ and checkmate in two o three.

If 1 …Kf5;2. Qe6++

Well, the first “solution” I found was

1. Qe6 Kh5 (Kh7 repeats after Qg8)

2. g4 Kh4

3. Qe3

And there are only delaying queen sacrifices to delay the mate:

3. …..Qg1(Kg4 4.Qf3 Kh4 5.Qh3#)

4. Kg1 Kg4 (else, mate in 1)

5. Rd4 Kf5 (Kh5 6.Qe8 g6 7.Qe2)

6. Qe4 Kf6

7. Rd6 Kf7

8. Qe6 Kf8

9. Rd8#

Of course, this isn’t a real solution (in a forced mate) in the sense that black need not play the king to h5 on his first move, so the line isn’t actually forced in the way I outlined. However, this wasn’t completely worthless to me as I saw the solution while working out the above line:

1. Rd6 Kh5 (Kf5 2.Qe6#)

2. Qe8 g6 (Kg4 3.Qe2 Kf5 4.Qe6#)

3. g4 Kh4 (Kg4 is below)

4. Qe3 and, like the first line after move 3, this is a forced mate. At move 3 in this line, black is still mated after

3. …..Kg4

4. Qe2 Kf4 (Kh4 5.Rd4+ # in 2)

5. Qf3 Ke5

6. Qf6 Rd4#

The funny thing is that I enforced this kind of open board mate yesterday in an online blitz game, only my opponent’s own rook played the role of the f2 pawn in this final position (taking the retreat Ke3 away).

Am I seeing the same board as the rest? There’s a pawn at c6, right? So 1. Rd6+ should lead to mate. 1. Qd6+ only draws.

1. Rd6+ Kh5 (…Kf5 2. Qe6#)

2. Qe6 (threatens mate on h3)

2…g4

3. Qe5+ g5

4. Qe8+

and it’s all over.

White can mate here since the Black pieces are so far away. Just a matter of threading through the Black pawns to move the Black King close to White’s pawns.

1.Rd6 Kh5 (…Kf5 2.Qe6# the key idea!)

2.Qe8+ g6 (…Kg4 2.f3+ Kf5 3.Qe6# again!)

3.Qxg6+ Kg4

4.h3#

Today, as in the past, we go into the mind of our 16 year old girl Kaye, whose chess skills are modest at best. Kaye can only see 2 or 3 moves ahead, but she understands the dynamics of a position and figures out the best line from there.

Kaye knows that she’s down much material and must manage to either mate Black or achieve a perpetual check.

Kaye sees that 1 Qe6+ and 1 Re6+ are the two choices she has. She sees that 1 Qe6+ Kh7 will make no progress, but it might get her a perpetual. She looks at 1 Re6+. She sees that Black can’t play 1… Kf5 because of Qe5#. Black’s other choice is 1 … Kh5. While Kaye can’t see the impending mate, she knows that pushing Black’s King that far afield should give her something that works to at least get a perpetual. She decides to try it:

1 Re6+

The other choice, 1 Qe6+ Kh7 gets White nowhere. With the given move, White drives Black’s King away from the safety of the pawns.

1 … Kh5

Kaye looks at her choices. 2 h3 is no good because of Qe4+. Next, she looks at 2 Qe8+ g6, 2 Qe2+ g4, 3 Qe5+ (Yes, I know that there’s a mate here with another move; Kaye doesn’t know this) Qf5. No good. Next is 2 Qe8+ g6 3 g4+. Without knowing the entire line, Kaye can tell that after 3… Kh5, 4 Qe3, Black has no defense, so she looks at 3… Kxg4 instead. Kaye isn’t sure (as the chess engines and stronger players are) that there’s mate here. But there are no other good checks for White at move 2.

Is it necessary to check? Kaye doesn’t see any impending Black threats, other than 1… Qe4+. The Rook can’t help any more than it is. 2 Kh3 ends the game abruptly after Qf8#, so that’s no good. How about moving the Queen to e6? It blocks Qe5+, keeps Black’s king from moving, and threatens Qh3#. Black would have to play g4 and then 3 Qf5+ would force g5. Then 4 Qf8+ traps the King, and since Kaye’s Rook is also bearing down at g6, Black can’t safely interpose his King.

Now the line is clear to Kaye:

2 Qe6! g4

3 Qf5+ g5

4 Qe8+

And Black can only avoid mate for a couple of moves by interposing the Rook and Queen.

1.Rd6+ Kh5 (1…Kf5 2.Qe6 mate !)

2.Qe6!

White is threatening 3.Qh3 mate !

2….g4 3.Qe5+ g5 4.Qe8+ Qg6 5.QxQ mate !

I propose this line:

1. Rd6+ Kh5 (rather obvious)

2. Qf7+! (know it looks dangerous to not protect against Qd4+, but f3 is a strong field for white queen)

2. … g6 (Kg4 Qf3#)

3. g4+!! (keeping checking, and preventing black’s g4. Qf3+ immediately is an error)

3. … Kh4 (Kxg4 Qf3+)

4. Qf3 (first white move not checking)

This prevents black’s hope Qd4+, black king is trapped, and 5. Qh3# follows.