Daily Rome Shot 606

Meanwhile… is this nuts?

Black to move and win.

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  1. Neal says:

    1. …Qxd5+ sacrificing the queen
    2. Rxd5 Bf7 pinning the rook
    3. b4 Bxd5+
    Should be a winning position for black from there.

  2. Cliff says:

    Well, black can force a stalemate by taking the pawn on b2 with the queen. Then the king’s only move would be to take the queen, thereby leaving black with no legal move.

    On to the question, first, only the black queen can move. So . . .
    1. … Qxd5+
    2. Rxd5 Bf7
    3. whatever Bxd5

    From there, it is just about taking out the pawn on h6, blocking the King-Pawn pair on the a/b file and then promoting the pawn on h7. No doubt there is a quicker, more elegant, win, but I mostly dabble.

  3. JonPatrick says:

    This is a tough one. Black’s bishop is pinned so the only piece he can move is the queen. But if the queen moves so that the bishop is no longer protected then RxB mate. There doesn’t seem to be a move to put White’s king in check right away.

    Maybe I would move my queen to h5 to still guard the bishop but threaten White’s pawn on h6. Taking the pawn would give my king an escape route and free my remaining pawn, probably sacrificing the bishop in the process.

    I’m sure there is a better move but I’m not seeing it.

  4. Synonymous_Howard says:

    This one is very clever.
    1. … Qxd5
    2. Rxd5 Bf7 wins the rook by pin and after
    3 … Bxd5
    Black’s king can scoot around to take the white h pawn to promote the black h pawn while the bishop keeps the white king and pawn under control. I had to play it out to see why the queen sacrifice was needed.

  5. RJR says:

    1. … Q-d5 +
    2. R-d5 (forced)… B-f7 + (pinning rook)
    3. any K move … B-d5
    leaving black Bishop and pawn vs 2 white pawns

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