# chess online

## CHESS PUZZLE #16785

 Added by: kingdawar Added on: 05-Nov-09 Description: Based on a composition by Sir John Ormerod Scarlett Thursby, Seventy-five Chess Problems 1883. Difficulty: online chess puzzle #16785 Attempts: 656 Solved: 120 (18%)
White to move, mate in 3
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indra_90
14-Dec-12, 03:16

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Well this was the easiest "hard" for some time know. I didn't look for the solution before I started doing my moves but the first two I got in the matter of seconds but the when the third came I was a little stuck.
hellofriesen
14-Dec-12, 09:35

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Funny, i didn't get the first two moves on my own at all, it was the third that was simple for me.
rihardsnovickis
14-Dec-12, 13:27

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yes it was easy, but very beautiful
fezzik
14-Dec-12, 15:15

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Wow! Only 18% solved it!
I was quite surprised by the low numberof people who solved it. I suppose it was made harder by the number of transpositions that are possible.

In order to work it out, you have to figure out why 1.Bc7 doesn't work and what White's second move is after 1.Nd5!

3 Stars Difficulty (Perhaps it should be higher. But as I said, I was surprised when I saw the low score.)
4 Stars Aesthetics. Yes, it involves the mandatory Q sac, and on a square that's defended twice. That may seem a bit hackneyed, but it's still attractive and not obvious on the first move.
thor99
14-Dec-12, 16:06

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Q sac?
there was no Q sac and i solved it!
 betta3814-Dec-12, 18:25

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Why wouldn't the bishop take the queen? I didn't really like it.
dufusgolfer
14-Dec-12, 20:11

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Can't take the queen because the knight will move to the unprotected square
betta38 - If the bishop takes the queen, the knight goes to b4 for checkmate.
 betta3821-Dec-12, 11:07

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That makes sense now.