White to Play

Pete Tamburro on

Published in Chess Puzzles

Look carefully at the elements of the position: the Black queen is pinned to the diagonal by the White queen; the bishop AND the rook are attacking f8, directly and indirectly, the knight can check and there are back rank possibilities for White. Can you put that all together to find a winning plan?


1.Nh6+ Kh8 [1...gxh6 2.Rf8+ Rxf8 3.Qxe6+ Kh8 4.Qe5+ Rf6 5.Qxf6+ Kg8 6.Qg7#] 2.Rf8+ Rxf8 3.Bxf8 Rxf8 [3...Qxh6 4.Bxg7+ Qxg7 5.Rxg7 Kxg7 6.Qb7+ Kg6 7.Qxc6+ Kg7 8.Qxa8] 4.Nf7+ Qxf7 5.Rxf7 Kg8 6.Rxf8+ Kxf8 7.Qb8+ and White’s heavy material advantage will easily win.

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