Short Sharp Shocks No.5
Note that the bottom left corner of the board is ‘a1’. This set is different to the last sets of puzzles. These games are real games played by master players. Rather than searching necessarily for a checkmate, you must search for the best continuation. We prefer to receive answers in algebraic notation.
Another stunning encounter this week. Potter (white) gives his opponent queen odds, and after only six moves played, announces mate in nine more! Played in London, 1870. Make sure to remove the white queen.
- e4, e5
- Nf3, Nc6
- Bc4, Nf6
So far, so quiet. But soon the forces clash.
5. Nxe5, Nxe4
6. d3, Nc5
White now took the opportunity to announce CHECKMATE in 9 more moves. Can you see how it is done?
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