Chess Puzzles / Games

White to Play

by Pete Tamburro
White to Play

Here is the last of our trio of three-movers. I hope you enjoyed the little break from the practical problems and hope you came to appreciate the artistic side of chess.

Solution:

British Chess Magazine in 1922 characterized this problem as “manifestly the work of a genius.” G. Heathcote’s solution, replete with model mates (each square—the mating one and the possible escape squares are attacked only once by each White piece), is very rare: 1.Na2 Kd4 [1...bxa2 2.Qc2 a1Q (2...b1Q 3.Bf2#) 3.Bf2#; 1...Ke2 2.Nb4 Kd2 (2...Ke3 3.Qd3#) 3.Qe1#; 1...Kd2 2.Kf3 bxa2 3.Be1#] 2.Bf2+ Kc4 3.Qf1#

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