White to move. How should White proceed? Can you solve this puzzle in less than 60 seconds?

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1.Qc5 threatening Rxh6.

Qf5 .

threating mate in h7 & f8

I think 1.Rxh6 is better

I think 1.Rxh6 is better

It’s true 1.Df5 is deadly

1.Qf5! wins easily.

Not 1.Rxh6?? Qxf2+! and Black wins ðŸ™‚

If Qf5 then g6 +=

Rxh6 gxh6

Qe5+ Kg8

Bd5+ Rf7

Bxf7+ Kxf7

Qxc3

Oh no!

Rxh6 Qxf2

Damn 60 seconds.

I used an engine. If you can solve this in 60 seconds you are a very good player!

So simple:

1. Rxh6 gxh6

2. Qe5+ Kg8

3. Bd5+ Rf7

4. Qxc3 and next White will take Bxf7 with a rook up.

I have to admit I cannot just solve it not in 60 seconds but not in a much longer turn, too.

1. Rh6?? (Qxf2+) and 1. Qf5?! (g6) are both looking nice at the first glance but then…

What about 1. Rf6!?

If black’s rook moves or Q defends the rook with Qa3 2. Rxh6 is possible.

1. -, Rxf6?? 2. Qe8+ is simple.

1. -, g6?? 2. Rxf8+, Bxf8 3. Qe5+ (Bg7 4. Qb8+)

Best seems to be 1. -, gxf6 2. Qxh6, Rf7 (forced). Now 3. Bxh7 looks strong but is it already over?

White has different interesting ideas e.g. after 3. -, Qa3 (Bb1+ was threated) 4. Rd1 or 4. Bg6 5. Bxf7+ 6. Rd1 and it seems white wins at least another pawn…

But this is not a 60 second problem solution.

There must be something stronger… but I do not see it. Hmmm.

Best wishes from Germany!

I think 1.Rf6! since

1. Rxh6 Qxf2+ is 0-1 and 1.Qf5 g6 and then what?

So: 1. Rf6! If 1.-gxf6 2. Qxh6 Rf7 3.Bxh7 and black is totally lost. Threat is Bb1+ so Queen must move, but then Be4+ Kg8 and Bd5.

Other than 1.-gxf6 is much easier to see is hopeless.

1.Rf6 Rxf6 2. Qe8+ and mate next

1.-Rd8 etc 2. Rxh6

1.-g6 2.Rxf8+ Bxf8 3.Qe5+ Bg7 (Kf8 Bf5#) 4. Qe8+ and mate next.

I think ðŸ™‚ But who saw this in 60 seconds? Not me. More like 6 minutes ðŸ™‚

1.Qf7! and if 1…g6, then 2.Rd8! Rxd8 3.Qf6+ wins.

Kamalakanta

Nope, I didn’t get it at all. I liked Rxh6 but that’s not it either. I could’ve easily spent 10min on such a nice puzzle. Solve in 60 seconds

1. Qf7! g6 2.Rd8! Rxd8 3.Qf6+ wins

Kamalakanta

Doesn’t 1. Rxh6 run into 1… Qxf2+ winning instantly for Black?

needed far more than one minute…

1.Rxh6? Qxf2+!

2.Rxf2 Rc1+ … [0-1]

1.Qf5 g6 [+=]

1.Qf7 g6

2.Rd8 Qa3

3.Qf6+ Bg7

4.Rxf8+ Qxf8

5.Qxa6 Be5

6. Qa2 [+-]

1.Rf6!

a) 1… Rg8 (or similar)

2.Rxh6… [1-0]

b) 1… Qa3

2.Rxh6…[+-]

c) 1… gxf6

2.Qxh6 Rf7 (only move to prevent Qxh7#)

3.Rd1! f.e. Qa5

4.Bxh7!! Rh3

5.Qxh3 Re7 (5… Rxh7 looses to 6.Qc8+ …)

6.Be4+ …[++–]

needed far more than one minute…

1.Rxh6? Qxf2+!

2.Rxf2 Rc1+ … [0-1]

1.Qf5 g6 [+=]

1.Qf7 g6

2.Rd8 Qa3

3.Qf6+ Bg7

4.Rxf8+ Qxf8

5.Qxa6 Be5

6. Qa2 [+-]

1.Rf6!

a) 1… Rg8 (or similar)

2.Rxh6… [1-0]

b) 1… Qa3

2.Rxh6…[+-]

c) 1… gxf6

2.Qxh6 Rf7 (only move to prevent Qxh7#)

3.Rd1! f.e. Qa5

4.Bxh7!! Rh3

5.Qxh3 Re7 (5… Rxh7 looses to 6.Qc8+ …)

6.Be4+ …[++–]

[Jaikov]

1. Qf5 (threatens mate with 2. Qxh7 or 2. Qxf8)

Black has no defense against this double threat.

1. Rf6!

(1. Rxh6 ?? Qxf2+)

(1. Qf7 !? g6 2. Rd8 Qa3 3. Rfd1 Qd6)

1… gxf6

2. Qxh6 Rf7

3. Bxh7 Qa3

4. Be4+ Kg8

5. Qg6+ ! Kf8

(5… Rg7 6. Bd5+ Kf8 7. Qxf6+ Ke8 8.

Qxg7)

6. Bd5 Qe7

(6… Re7 7. Qg8#)

(6… Rc7 7. Qxf6+ Ke8 8. Re1+)

7. Rb1 Rb3

8. Qh6+ Ke8

9. Bxf7+ Kxf7

10. Qh7+ Kf8

11. Qxe7+ Kxe7

12. Rxb3 +-

1. Rf6!

(1. Rxh6 Qxf2+)

(1. Qf7 g6 2. Rd8 Qa3 3. Rfd1 Qd6)

(1.Qf5 g6!)

1… gxf6

2. Qxh6 Rf7

3. Bxh7 Qa3

4. Be4+ Kg8

5. Qg6+ ! Kf8

(5… Rg7 6. Bd5+ Kf8 7. Qxf6+ Ke8 8.

Qxg7)

6. Bd5 Qe7

(6… Re7 7. Qg8#)

(6… Rc7 7. Qxf6+ Ke8 8. Re1+)

7. Rb1 Rb3

8. Qh6+ Ke8

9. Bxf7+ Kxf7

10. Qh7+ Kf8

11. Qxe7+ Kxe7 12. Rxb3 +-

I saw Rxf6 in less than one minute! But it’s just wrong!

“I saw Rxf6 in less than one minute! But it’s just wrong!”

No its right, and wins. But proving that takes more than one minute!