It’s Your Move: #5

Category: Problems

Many years ago I saw a beautiful combination in a chess column. If my memory serves me right, it was played by one of the 19th Century masters (probably Adolf Anderssen). While I do not remember the exact position I still remember the combination. So I have reconstructed the position and embellished it a little for the enjoyment of readers.

In the following position the White knight is attacked by both the rook and the pawn. But that’s the least of his worries. Right now he is going to be mated next move. What can he do?

its you move 5

White to move

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Updated 12.26.2023


Dear reader,Fascinated to see the alternate solution and the resource, 4…Qc8.These backward moves are not easy to find over the board. Thanks.
Wow that's a really tricky problem, I was thinking along these lines:1.Rb8+ Kxb8 2.Qb5+ Kc8 3.Qb7+ Kd8 4.Qb8+... I though it's a mate but there is also a 4...Qc8! Tough! :eek: