# chess online

## CHESS PUZZLE #4641

 Added by: kingdawar Added on: 06-Jun-08 Description: Composed by Albert Barbe, Leipziger Zeitung 1861. Difficulty: online chess puzzle #4641 Attempts: 1729 Solved: 873 (50%)
White to move, mate in 3
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 sicknero25-Jun-12, 04:24

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Don't really get this one. Will have to study it later.
 mfeeney9325-Jun-12, 05:48

Comment deleted on 25-Jun-12, 22:43.
 bawkfill25-Jun-12, 06:53

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Why not promote with the King?
hcajg77
25-Jun-12, 08:54

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Another solution
I feel like there should be another solution, but I can't find another one.
 pat4625-Jun-12, 09:03

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Why not the Queen
I have never quite understood why you would promote to a rook when the queen can do the same. Maybe a question of elegance.
jrums14
25-Jun-12, 09:08

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@pat46
Read "mfeeney93's" comment. If black plays those moves white stalemates with 2. Qxh3.
 marvin225-Jun-12, 09:54

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@pat46
If 1. ..., Kg1, white is obliged to take the h3 pawn to avoid the black king returns to h1 (otherwise it's not possible mate in 3), so white has to under-promote to rook for avoiding the stalemate.
 blackmonkey25-Jun-12, 10:50

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yes! three puzzles in one!
chessikins
25-Jun-12, 15:26

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Nice..
Good exercise in variance of promotion...easy to slip up,but good use of minimal approach..
 burtyboy5525-Jun-12, 17:22

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Why promote to a Rook and not a Queen?
Promoting to a Queen still aloows the same mate - why does the puzzle only allow you to promote to a Rook? Surely this is a flawed chess puzzle.
 blackmonkey25-Jun-12, 17:40

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@burty, there's three possible moves for black on black's second move. if you promote to a queen, black would make the move that would create a stalemate with the same attack by white.
 lavacouch25-Jun-12, 20:24

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Blackmonkey's right (as is mfeeny93),

to make it clear...

1. h8=Q Kg1
2. Qxh3 stalemate

Promoting to rook instead prevents the stalemate and allows a mate in 3
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