Thursday, January 04, 2007

In imitation of J'adoube

Everybody has different area's where he is bad.
This diagram from Polgar's brick took me an hour to solve for the first time.

Mate in two -white to move.
Yesterday I found it 20 seconds.

Solution[ 1.Bb1]


  1. it looks more like kg4 to me. but maybe i'm wrong. does that make sense to you?

  2. Kg4 was the one i saw too. but when i saw the solution, i found a loophole on kg4. The mates are really hard. It really forces you to look at the square. Maybe I should try solving this brick too. Maybe it will cure my losing streak.

    Btw:Hey GK, long time to hear.

  3. yeah, well chess is sort of taking a backseat to running. so, i just come on here every once in a while to check out what you guys are doing.

  4. This is a tough one. Is this what I to look forward to for the next 3500 problems?

  5. Jim,
    no, about 90% is doable within 10 minutes. This was the toughest mate in 2 I can remember. This are compositions. There are no compositions with mate in 3 in the book. The combinations with mate in 3 are not more difficult than the compositions with mate in 2.

  6. It is really tough. You must see the two possible mating patterns in advance. One is the Diagonal Queen Mate with the two escape squares in knight's distance blocked by the other Bishop, and the other is the Frontal Queen Mate with the King building the blocking wall. If you do not know what to look for you are puzzled for minutes. If you know what to look for, it becomes astonishingly easy. After I had the idea, the solution came in seconds.

  7. Mouse,
    especially when the King escapes to d4 the solution is very beautiful. But hard to see. I guess everybody will find different problems difficult. This problem really helped me to see mates with bishops more easely afterwards.

  8. I gave up!

    But then again, I'm not a Knight Errant . . .