How quickly can you find the shortest mate in this position?
Q7/5p2/5P1p/5PPN/6Pk/4N1Rp/7P/6K1 w - - 0 1
At first I got only mate in 4 but I guessed that it was a too long mate. I continued trying. It took me 20 minutes.
1.Qh1! hxg52.Qg2 hxg23.Nxg2#
1.Qh1! Kxg52.Ng2 hxg23.h4#
Qh8 hxg5 2. Nf4#
If ... Kg5 2. Qg8#
(Sorry: meant If ... Kxg5) Took five minutes.
Oops. Sorry again. This works:
Formatting goes all strange here. The variant should be:
If 1... Kxg5 2. Qg7 Kh4 3. Qg4#
(Took fifteen minutes.)
(Would be helpful if we could press "Enter" and get a line break; then click on a button to actually post -- and if the formatting didn't change when you clicked on it.)
dsymedia, Agree about the line breaks- annoys me, too. When numbering, however, you also need to delete the space after the period and before the move notation- it treats those as bullet points for paragraphs and restarts the numbering after each.