White to Play

Pete Tamburro on

Published in Chess Puzzles

There are some mates in two that I try and then swear can’t be solved. Then, I see the solution and am fascinated by how the composer does it. Today’s composition is a mate in four—longer than I usually do. You’re probably not going to get it. I didn’t either. As I went through the solution, I was in awe of how this person composed such an intricate problem. Give it a shot first, then just enjoy all the variations in the solution.

The composition, btw, was by A.G. Heathcote in 1923 and won first prize in a composing competition. 1.e7 Bxb8 1...Nxe7 2.Rf4 Bxb8 (2...Bxf4 3.Qxf4 Nxc8 (3...f5 4.c4#) 4.g8=Q#) 3.Rd4+ Ke5 4.f4#; 1...a4 2.Be6+ Kxe6 (2...Ke4 3.Re3+ Kf4 4.fxg3#) 3.e8=Q+ Ne7 4.g8=Q# 2.Rd3+ Kc4 2...Ke4 3.f3+ Ke5 4.Bxb8# 3.Rd4+ Kb5 4.e8=Q# Wow!


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