Daily Rome Shot 663

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  1. Michaela says:

    Pawn e4 -> e3 seems to be the best move to me. It’s a discovered attack on white’s rook. White has to play perfectly afterward to avoid checkmate, black has to fail multiple times to not win. Likely outcome is e4->e3, Rb1->b8, Rd8->b8, Ke1->d1, Bh7->d3. Regardless of what white does from there, checkmate is inevitable. Best response to e4->e3 seems to be d2->e3. Escape from checkmate seems possible that way, but white still loses almost its entire momentum and still probably loses.

  2. Neal says:

    1. Rxb1+ Kxb1
    2. e3+ Kc1?
    3. exf2 Bxf2

    Definitely a winning position but no clear path to checkmate IMO.

  3. My take…

    Black to move.

    1. … Rxb1
    2. Kxb1 e3+
    3. exf2

    1. … e3
    2. Rxb8 Rxb8
    3. dxe3 (if Bxe3 then black Rb8#)

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