Chess Problems - 02/05

Starting from this week, on a weekly basis would like to present some interesting chess problems with answers. I was doing this on my test website some time back, and finally decided to do this here. I was always fascinated by chess right from my childhood days. A very good game, improves strategical thinking and makes one to be very sharp. Chess problems, on the other hand, helps one to arrive at a good outcome when thrown up with a situation. From now on, let us take up four interesting chess problems on a weekly basis and find interesting ways to solve them.

For all the problems presented in this week,

Position: Black to Move and Checkmate in shortest possible moves


  1. A very long solution to first one..

    is it so?

    1. g4 gxf5 2. Qg5+ Kf8 3. Rxh8 Rxh8 4. Rh1 Rxh1 5. Kxh1 Qe7 6. Qh6+ Kg8 7.
    Nxc6 Bxc6 8. gxf5 d4+ 9. Kh2 Be4 10. f6 Qf8 11. Qg5+ Bg6 12. cxd4 Qa3 13.
    Qh4 Qf3 14. Qf4 Qxf4+ 15. Bxf4 Kf8 16. Bd2 Ke8 17. Bb4 Kd7 18. Kg3 a5 19.
    Bc3 Kc6 20. a3 Kd5 21. Kf4 Kc4 22. Be1 Bc2 23. Bd2 Bf5 24. Be1 Bc2 25. Bd2
    Bf5 26. Be1 Bh7 27. Bd2 Bc2 28. Be1 Bb3 29. Bd2 Kd3 30. Be1 Bd5 31. Kg5
    Kxd4 32. Kh6 Be4 33. Bf2+ Kxe5 34. Bxb6 Kxf6 35. Bd8+ Kf5 36. Bxa5 e5 37.
    Bb6 Bc2 38. Kh5 Ke4 39. Kg5 f5 40. Kf6 f4 41. Bf2 Bb3 42. Be1 f3 43. Bg3
    Kd5 44. Bf2 Bc2 45. Bg1 Ke4 46. a4 Bxa4 47. Ke6 Bb3+ 48. Kd6 Ba2 49. Bf2
    Kf4 50. Kc5 Bg8 51. Bg1 Kg3 52. Kd6 e4 53. Kc6 f2 54. Bxf2+ Kxf2 55. Kc5 e3
    56. Kc6 e2 57. Kc7 e1=Q 58. Kc6 Qe7 59. Kb6 Qd6+ 60. Kb5 Bd5 61. Ka4 Qb6
    62. Ka3 Qb3#
    {Black mates} 0-1

  2. I think the first one is actually white-to-move and mate:
    (1.Qh6+ Rxh6 2.Bxh6+ Kh8 3.Bf8#)

    Then it would equal the resr in length and difficulty.

  3. Is there no way for black to finish this off quickly?