White to Play

Pete Tamburro on

Published in Chess Puzzles

In our tricky week, this one is priceless. Two big bad rooks vs.two teeny weeny pawns who want to queen. White wins! To be nice, I’ll give you a big hint: BOTH PAWNS DO PROMOTE TO QUEENS!!

A composition by Olmutsky: 1.Ra3+ Kb4 2.Rab3+ Kc4 3.Rhc3+ Kd4 4.Rd3+ Kc4 5.Rbc3+ Kb4 6.Rc7!! b1=Q 7.Rd8!! d1=Q 8.Rb8+ Ka3 9.Ra7+ Qa4 10.Rxa4+ Kxa4 11. easily. One reason I love this problem is that with 6.Rc7 and 7.Rd8, White sets up a pattern that we teach little children how to mate with two rooks. Out of simplicity, beauty.


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