Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Two contrasting chess puzzles

Two dramatically contrasting chess puzzles:

The first one is gauchely complicated. Its solution is fiendishly difficult to find - completely from the left field. You just have to marvel at the devilish mind of the composer.

By contrast, the 2nd one is elegantly simple. Although the solution is easy to find; and yet you are left marveling at the ingenuity of the composer who made the White pieces dance so gracefully over the board.

Puzzle 1 - White to move and mate in 3. Solution is in the comment section.

Puzzle 2 - White to move and win. Solution is in the comment section.

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  1. Puzzle 1 - White to move, mate in 3:
    1. Ba4
    1. ... bxa4
    2. Nxh7 Kxh7
    3. Qh5 checkmate

    Or if
    1. ... Bg6
    2. Rxg6 bxa4
    3. Rg8 checkmate

    Puzzle 2 - White to move and win:
    1 Rd3 Kc8
    2 Rc3 Kb8
    3 Qc7 Ka8
    4 Qa5
    followed by
    5 Qb4
    6 Qa3
    7 Qb2
    8 Ra3 checkmate