The key to solving this puzzle is to look at the pawn on g3 and ask yourself, “What does that pawn do?”
In the “old days” the once great chess magazine, Chess Review, used to put an Announce the Mate series of puzzles. This week, we’ll cover some from the 1960s. They would emphasize finding the “best” mate, which meant finding the shortest.
This is the last of our trio of half-battery two movers. Based on what you’ve learned, when you see rooks lined up diagonally, you know there’s a good chance you have to move one of them so, depending on the variation, White will be able to unmask the bishop for a check.
Here we have another battery lined up on a diagonal. Use your experience to figure out to do with a rook.
A week of two-movers is in store for you! These will be half-battery problems. It’s all about your straight line moving pieces and how to “uncongest” them. Here, the queen and two rooks on the diagonal are the key task for you to figure out.
Black is threatened with checkmate, so you had better come up with something fast!