In the following position White has played 1.Kd2 with the terrible threat of Rg1 and Qh6+. Can Black save himself?
Black to move
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Nope, I’m afraid they are doomed. Sorry.
Dear reader, Nice to know that you are making an attempt.Some times the “impossible” is possible.
does Qe7 work?
Dear reader,Good to see the try.1…Qe7? is met by 2.Qh6+ Qh7 3. Qxf8+ Qg8 4.Qh6+ Kg8 5.Rg1+ and White mates in two moves.
Dear reader,What will you play after 2.Kxd3?
It does seem to me impossible for Black to save the game.However waiting eagerly for solution.
1. … Bd3!! 2.Kxd3 Qe7
Suggest: …exf5 (threat Rxf2+)
Dear reader,If 1…fxe5 2.Qh6+ Kg8 3.Rg1+ wins
1…Bd3!!2.Kxd3, Qe7; 3.Qh6+ Qh7ch thus Black saves the game.
That’s nice. What would you play after 2.e4?
After fxe5; Qh6+ Kg8; Rg1+ Kf7; Rg7+ or Qh7+ Ke8; Qh5+ Kd8; Qg4+ Kc8. What happens next? Black has 2 Rooks, Knight and Bishop against Queen and Rook. Still playable in my view and Black’s King has survived to live another day. Or at least a few more moves.
Sorry. Missed something out. Try this. After fxe5; Qh6+ Kg8; Rg1+ Qg5; Rxg5+ Kf7; Rg7+ or Qh7+ Ke8; Qh5+ Kd8; Qg4+ Kc8. What happens next? Black has 2 Rooks, Knight and Bishop against Queen and Rook. Still playable in my view and Black’s King has survived to live another day. Or at least a few more moves.
Sorry. Slight mistake. Final moves are Qg5+ (Not Qg4+) Kc8. (And White now has no more checks.)
Dear TS,Glad to see your effort. Do give serial numbers to moves so that everyone can follow.After 2.e4 fxe5 Black is mated in two different ways.3.Qh6+ Kg8 4. Rg1+ Qg5+ 5.Rxg5+ Kf7 6. Rf5+ Ke8 7.Qxf8 #3.Qh6+ Kg8 4. Rg1+ Kf7 5.Rg7 +Ke8 6.Qh5 + Rf7 7.Qxf7 #So the question still remains, what should Black after 2. e4?
Dear Bibliophile.Please clarify. Are you examining the line 1. Kd2, Bd3. 2. e4, fxe5. ? (I wasn’t.)RSVP.
Dear TS,The name is chessbibliophile.After 1…fxe5 White mates in two different ways. 2.Qh6+ Kg8 3.Rg1+ Qg5+ 4.Rxg5+ Kf7 5 Rf5+ Ke8 6.Qxf8# 2.Qh6+ Kg8 3.Rg1+ Kf7 4.Rg7+ Ke8 5 Qg6+Rf7 6.Qxf7#
2.e4 FAILS. The bishop on d3 easily captures the queen.
Dear reader,The pawn move to e4 interposes him between the Black bishop and the White queen.So right now the bishop cannot take the queen.
What should Black do after 2. e4?What about 2…Bxe4?
Dear TS,After 1…Bd3 2. e4 Bxe4 3.Qxe4 White threatens Qh4+ followed by Rg1+.Now Black has to find a good move to go on.
Thanks everyone who participated! The solution is now posted. 🙂