Think this is too easy?

This situation seems ridiculously easy. The black king is in such a dire situation that defeat is inevitable – but – can White mate in just three moves?

FEN: 5B2/6P1/1p6/8/1N6/kP6/2K5/8 w

Roll over to show the solution:
1.g8=N b5 2.Ne7 Kxb4 3.Nc6

 

18 Responses

  1. rithika at

    it can be solved in just 2 moves
    1. g7-g8=Q b6-b5
    2. Qg8-g1

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    1. Alex at

      That’s stalemate not checkmate.

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    2. v.g.sehkar at

      that is slate mate not check mate

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  2. Anonymous at

    1. g7-g8=Q, b6-b5
    2. Nb4-d3 , Ka3-a2
    3. Bf8-c5, Ka2-a1
    4. Qg8-a8 #

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  3. bis at

    Just move the night and its checkmate

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  4. sib at

    Promote pawn to queen and bring it to a1

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  5. Adam at

    That’s a pretty devious puzzle. I actually found it much harder than most of the historical ones on previous pages.

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  6. dylan at

    i can’t seem to understand the different between a stalemate and a checkmate. black has no moves after q-g7, which is 2 moves- but it’s stopped as a stalemate rather than checkmate- despite white’s ability to continue moving.

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    1. Derek at

      Stalemate mean king is not in check and has no legal moves

      Checkmate means king is in check and has no legal moves

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  7. Nobel George at

    Excellent puzzle. Promote to Knight (N)!!! Could never think in that angle.

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  8. ChessFTW at

    couldn’t find a way to do checkmate in 3 moves, but found stailmate in 2;

    1. g7-g8=Q b6-b5
    2. Qg8-e6

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  9. BBChess at

    That was a good puzzle.

    I ended up with one of the four-move mates:
    1. g7-g8=Q, b6-b5
    2. Nb4-d3, Ka3-a2
    3. Nd3-c1, Ka2-a1
    4. Qg8-g7#

    That far from the king, promoting to knight for the quickest mate is definitely not something that immediately comes to mind!

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  10. koolkd at

    can not be done in 3 moves. In 4 moves, yes but not 3. If you can do it in 3…. show me!

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    1. d-lom at

      1. g7-g8=N b6-b5
      2. Ng8-e7 Ka3xb4
      3. Ne7-c6#

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      1. 1. g7-g8=N b6-b5 2. Ng8-e7 Ka3xb4 3. Ne7-c6#1. g7-g8=N b6-b5 2. Ng8-e7 Ka3xb4 3. Ne7-c6#1. g7-g8=N b6-b5 2. Ng8-e7 Ka3xb4 3. Ne7-c6# at

        nice

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  11. Harry at

    1.g8=N b5 2.Ne7 Kxb4 3.Nc6 Touch “roll over to see the solution” at the top of the page. The solution is there, and yes mate in 3 moves.

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