Black to Play

Pete Tamburro on

Published in Chess Puzzles

This position is from a 5-minute game I played on the ICC a few days ago. How did I mate White starting with my 22nd move?


22…Rf2+ 23. Kh1 Ra1 24. Qxa1 Rh2+ 25. Kxh2 Qd2+ and White resigned. If you look at the position as an attacking player, you see your knight is attacked, but you also see that 22…Rf2+ 23.Rxf2 Qxf2+ 24.Kh1 Qg2 is mate. However, you always have to ask yourself if there is a way your opponent doesn’t have to cooperate. That would be 23.Kh1. Then I could play 23..Rh2+ 24.Kxh2, but have no follow-up check because of the queen on d1. So, how do I decoy that queen first? Ah!

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