Saturday chess tactic Chess tactic, Puzzle Solving White to move. How should White proceed? 1r5r/1b2p3/p2p2R1/k1p5/1p1n4/1P2NpPq/5P2/2Q3K1 w – – 0 2 Chess Daily News from Susan Polgar

1 Qxc5+ and mat follows

Olimat

Took about 5 seconds to spot

1. Qc5! dc5

2. Nc4 Kb5

3. Rb6#

Took about 5 minutes to make sure I wasn’t being a complete moron by missing something.

Qxc5+ PxQ

Nc4+ Kb5

Rb6#

Brit-mate

Hilarious.

Qxc5+ dxc

Nc4+ Kb5

Rb6#

Mark

With authority!

1.Qxc5+! xc5

[Nb5 2.Nc4++]

2.Nc4+ Kb5

3.Rb6++

1.Q:c5+

It plays itself out:

1. Qxc5+ dxc5 (1. … Nb5 2. Nc4#)

2. Nc4+ Kb5

3. Rb6#

qxc5+

han

Qc5

1. Qc5+ dxc5 2. Nc4+ Kb5 3. Rb6#

Qxc5 is rather strong

Qxc5+ white wins

1.Qxc5+ dxc5 2.Nc4+ Kb5 3.Rb6#

Took me a couple of seconds to solve it.

Qxc5+ dxc5 Nc4+ Kb5 Rb6++

1. Qxc5+ dxc5

2. Nc4+ Kb5

3. Rb6#

1. Qxc5+ Nb5

2. Nc4#

1.Qxc5+…dxc

2.Nc4+…Kb5

3.Rb6 mate

White is threatened with mate in one about six gagillion ways, so the first move had better be a check.

The check that works opens up an important rank and allows the white Rook into the fight:

1. Qxc5+! dxc5

2. Nc4+ Kb5

3. Rb6#

If 1… Nb5 then

2. Nc4#

Qxc5+ is too obvious

1. Qxc5+ dc (1…Nb5 2. Nc4 mate)

2. Nc4+ Kb5 3. Rb6 mate

A solver in the NW Bronx.