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**Olinguito****Member**- Registered: 2014-08-12
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This is a chess problem from *The Illustrated London News*, a 19th-century publication. According to the author it is possible for white to mate in three moves but I can't find a solution.

The best I can do is I analysed the problem at http://www.chesslab.com/PositionSearch.html but it couldn't find a mate-in-three either; however it did find an

Can anyone find a mate in three, if there is one? Phrontister?

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**SteveB****Member**- Registered: 2013-03-07
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I couldn't have solved it myself, but my chess computer can mate in 3 against any defence.

It gives the main line as:

1. Qb5 d1-Q

2. Nxb3 axb3

3. Qd5+ (checkmate)

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**Olinguito****Member**- Registered: 2014-08-12
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Oh, I didn't see that. Thanks, SteveB.

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**anonimnystefy****Real Member**- From: Harlan's World
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What if black goes Tc5 on the first move?

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What is T?

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**SteveB****Member**- Registered: 2013-03-07
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If you mean T to mean the rook takes c5 then:

1. Qb5 Rxc5

2. Qd7+ Kxe5

3. Ng4+ (checkmate)

Or if you mean the knight takes c5 then:

1. Qb5 Nxc5

2. Ng4 c1=Q

3. e3+ (checkmate)

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**anonimnystefy****Real Member**- From: Harlan's World
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Why wouldn't the king go to c4 in the second move in the first case?

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**SteveB****Member**- Registered: 2013-03-07
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That variation results in Qxa4+

as in:

1. Qb5 Rxc5

2. Qd7+ Kc4

3. Qxa4+ (checkmate)

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**anonimnystefy****Real Member**- From: Harlan's World
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So, all the variations end up with a mate?

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**Olinguito****Member**- Registered: 2014-08-12
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This is a much more interesting puzzle than I thought. If indeed all variations end with mate in three, it must have taken a super genius brain to work them out, given there were no computers in the 19th century. I can see why it won first prize.

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**phrontister****Real Member**- From: The Land of Tomorrow
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1. Nxb3+ Kd5

2. Nxd2+ Rc4

3. Bxc4#

In this variation Black's king is forced by two discovered checks to move to safety himself because White's checking pieces (first the queen, then the bishop) cannot be captured and Black has no blocking pieces with which to shield the king from them.

Other than the above, the Black king's only move option is on his first move: ie, Kc4...but that leads to mate-in-2 with Nxd2#.

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**anonimnystefy****Real Member**- From: Harlan's World
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Um, phro, I don't think the black king can go to d5.

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**phrontister****Real Member**- From: The Land of Tomorrow
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Oops! Thanks, stefy. I'd placed White's Nf6 on Ng6. >{blush,grumble}<

Yes, Black can't prolong the game beyond mate-in-3 with White = 1. Qb5 (as per SteveB). I tried all possible options.

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anonimnystefy wrote:

So, all the variations end up with a mate?

There are also many ways to iterate the game infinitely

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**phrontister****Real Member**- From: The Land of Tomorrow
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There are also many ways to iterate the game infinitely

Sorry, Agnishom, but I don't know what you mean by that.

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1. Rh1 Rf8

2. Rh3 Rd8

3. Rh1 Rf8

4. Rh3 Rd8

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**anonimnystefy****Real Member**- From: Harlan's World
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None of those is an optimal move, so it would never happen.

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**phrontister****Real Member**- From: The Land of Tomorrow
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Agnishom wrote:

1. Rh1 Rf8

2. Rh3 Rd8

3. Rh1 Rf8

4. Rh3 Rd8

.

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Black would be very pleased indeed if White went 5. Rh1!

Agnishom wrote:

There are also many ways to iterate the game infinitely

'Infinitely' is not possible these days under FIDE Laws of Chess.

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**applejuicefool****Member**- Registered: 2015-09-19
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What about:

1. Nd3+(discovered) Kc4 (forced)

2. Bxb3+ a4xb3 (forced)

3. Qb4++

I just did this looking at the diagram, so I might have missed something...

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**phrontister****Real Member**- From: The Land of Tomorrow
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Hi applejuicefool;

1. Nd3+(discovered) Kc4 (forced)

Kc4 isn't forced, as Black has an alternative with Rc5 to block White's queen. That leads to mate in four.

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