In this chess puzzle, white is to move. Find a checkmate for black.

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    I’m voting to close this question because this site doesn't handle this kind of question well. We need questions that are answerable, not "here's my stuff, isn't it cool!" -- even though it is cool.
    – Zeiss Ikon
    Commented May 13, 2020 at 12:18
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    This is a much better fit for the Puzzles SE Commented May 13, 2020 at 12:24
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    @ZeissIkon I think this question is completely on-topic here, the fact that the asker is the creator of the puzzle doesn't matter, it's a puzzle with a specific answer. It would receive better answers over at Chess SE though.
    – GendoIkari
    Commented May 13, 2020 at 13:49
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    The help center says "Questions about Go problems or Chess problems are fine, even if they are static puzzles, since they are related to a dynamic game." This question is on topic.
    – murgatroid99
    Commented May 13, 2020 at 16:33
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    As a note please be careful when editing a question if that edit can invalidate existing answers. It isn't fair to the people who took time to answer the question only to have it invalidated by an edit.
    – Joe W
    Commented Jul 25, 2020 at 15:10

1 Answer 1


Either I understand it wrong, or your puzzle is flawed...

White to move: 1. Qxg6+ Kh8 (forced) 2. Rh5+, and now either
2... Nxh5 3. Qg8# or
2... Bh6 3. Rxh6#
There is no checkmate for black in these variations.

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    2. Qh6 can be responded to with Bxh6.
    – GendoIkari
    Commented May 13, 2020 at 13:51
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    You can also do 1. Rh6, but it's pretty much the same solution, just moving things in a different order. My guess is that the puzzle is supposed to be to find a mate for white, not for black. To find a mate for the color who isn't to move, especially when the other color can repeatedly check, doesn't work.
    – GendoIkari
    Commented May 13, 2020 at 13:58
  • "There is no checkmate for black in these variations." The OP is probably confused between the prepositions "of" and "for". Commented Oct 5, 2020 at 19:54
  • BTW, I don't think it matters whether one moves the rook or queen first. The rook can't be captured by the pawn (pinned), and capturing with the knight ends up in the same place capturing it after the queen is moved: the g file is left open for the queen mate. Commented Oct 5, 2020 at 20:01

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