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Written by Yury Markushin
Saturday, 18 January 2014 00:00

A three-mover composition is often called the queen of chess problems. Two-movers are pretty easy to solve for experienced chess players, four and five-movers are too difficult for most players to handle. Therefore a three-mover is the most optimal (difficulty-wise) composition that can include all  themes generated during past 150 years, the period of modern chess composition existence.

Today we present to our readers 5 three-movers  to solve.

Instructions: In each of these positions White to Move and Mate in 3

## Composition #5: S. Loyd (1856)

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Last Updated on Saturday, 18 January 2014 17:50

0 #12 emran 2016-10-13 02:32
p#5 first option is Q-c5 black is move k-e6 - p-e8Q - black move k-f5 and Q-e5 chick mate

0 #11 cashcow8 2016-08-18 03:18
I don't care for "fastest win" puzzles and now my back button doesn't take me back to the page that got me here.. which is what the back button should ALWAYS do.

-1 #10 The Leon 2015-12-04 16:29
Composition #1: 1. Kb4 if ...Kb1 2. Kb3 Ka1 3. Qc1#.
if 1. ... Ka1 2. Kb3 Ka2 3. Qf1#.

Composition #2: 1. Qf5 Kh4 2. Nd3 Kg3 3. Qf4#
Composition #3: 1. d8=B if Ke8 2. Rf5 Kxd8 3. Rf8#
if 2. ... Kf8 2. Ke6 Ke8 3. Rg8#
Composition #4: Could only get it in 4 moves.
Composition #5: 1.e8=Q+ Kf6 2.Qg7+ Kf5 3.Qee5#

+1 #9 LUAN 2014-08-26 07:54
Problem 1
Kb4 Ka1 or Kb1 2-Kb3 Ka1 or Kb1 3 Qf1 mat

+3 #8 Yury 2014-01-22 21:37
Mr. Shadowleaf04 got everything right again, I need to find more difficult problems for you

Dear Pablo, number 5 is a mate in three problem, check out Mr. Shadowleaf04's solution:

Problem # 5 1.Qd6! Ke8 2. Qe5! Kf7 3. e=Q!#

Pablo

Problem # 5 1.Qd6! Ke8 2. Qe5! Kf7 3. e=Q!#

+2 #6 Pablo 2014-01-22 17:59
P#5:

Sorry but with
1. Qd6
I see no mate in three after
1. ... - Ke8

Even after
1. e8=N+
there's no mate in three after
1. ... - Kg6

Is this really a mate-in-three problem? :S

Thanx!

Problem # 4

1. Qc5! is the key-move. A possible line would be 1. Qc5! Ke8 2. Qe5 Kf7 3. e8=Q#

Problem # 5

1. Qd6! is the key-move. One line 1. Qd6! Kg8 2. e8Q Kh7 3.Qg6#

Also, in Problem # 3, another key-move is 1. Rg4! A possible line is 1. Rg4! Kf8 2. d8=N! Ke8 3. Rg8#. Another possibility is 1. Rg4! Kf8 2. d8Q+ Kf7 3. Qe7#

+1 #4 Yury 2014-01-19 21:56
Quoting Artak:
P#1 1. Kb4 !
P#2 1. Nc6 !
P#3 1. d8B !
P#4 1. Qc5 !
P#5 1. Qd6 !

Hello Artak, you got the first move correct in all 5 problems! Good job, show the entire variation next time.

+1 #3 Yury 2014-01-19 21:55
Problem # 1

1. Kb4! is the key-move. A possible line would be 1. Kb4! Ka1 2. Kb3 Kb1 3. Qf1#

Problem # 2.

1. Nc6! is the key-move. The line goes 1. Nc6! Kf4 2.Kf2 Ke4 3.Qf3#

Problem # 3

1. d8B! is the key-move. A possible line is 1. d8B! Ke8 2. Rf5 Kxe8 3. Rf8#

That's all I can solve for now.

Hello Shadowleaf04, you got the first 3 problems totally correctly! Congratulations ! Try getting the other 2