King of Queens – Sample Tactics Time Newsletter

This is a sample Tactics Time newsletter, and one of my favorites.  I like this one especially because the game is so unusual, and the puzzle is not a typical “White to Play and Win” type of problem.  It is fairly easy, but at the same time challenging.  None of the moves is more than one ply deep, but the challenge is to find ALL of the correct moves.  I don’t think I have ever seen a chess problem like this one (although I am sure I am not the first to come up with such an idea).  I also like it because it comes from one of the games of one of my best friends :)

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Newsletter Issue #37 Tactics Time
King of Queens


“Think like a queen. A queen is not afraid to fail.” – Oprah Winfrey


tactics position 37

In this position we are going to do something a little different…

In the position above it is White to move. Instead of finding the winning move, the challenge is to count how many mates in one white has.

Answer below.

This position is taken from a real game that was played on the website Red Hot Pawn by my good friend Francisco Baltier who lives in Tucson, AZ. His opponent would not resign, so Francisco (who plays under the handle “Zonagrad”) decided to start queening pawns. Then he decided he wanted to checkmate his opponent with a king move.

I thought this game was pretty hilarious. There was a thread on the Red Hot Pawn forum about checkmates with a King move, and I posted this game. One commentator (greenpawn34) started commenting on how many checkmates white missed in this position, which I thought was an interesting topic. There are quite a few, and I had a hard time finding them all.


Here is the complete game:

[Event “October 2009 Grand Split Three Seven II”]
[Site “”]
[Date “2009.10.30”]
[Round “1”]
[White “ZonaGrad”]
[Black “Diapason”]
[Result “1-0″]
[WhiteElo “2044”]
[BlackElo “1487”]
[PlyCount “155”]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 h6 4. d3 Nf6 5. Nc3 Bc5 6. Be3 Bxe3 7. fxe3 O-O 8.
O-O d6 9. h3 a6 10. a3 g5 11. Nh2 b5 12. Ba2 b4 13. axb4 Nxb4 14. Bb3 a5 15.
Ne2 Bd7 16. c3 Nc6 17. Ng3 Ne7 18. Nf5 Bxf5 19. exf5 e4 20. d4 c5 21. Ng4 Rb8
22. Nxh6+ Kg7 23. Ng4 Qb6 24. Ra3 Rh8 25. Rf2 Nxg4 26. hxg4 Rh7 27. f6+ Kg6 28.
fxe7 Rbh8 29. Bxf7+ Kg7 30. Bh5 Qb8 31. Rf7+ Kh6 32. Rf6+ Kg7 33. Qf1 Rxh5 34.
Rf7+ Kg8 35. Rf8+ Qxf8 36. exf8=Q+ Kh7 37. Qxd6 Kg7 38. gxh5 Rxh5 39. Rxa5 cxd4
40. exd4 e3 41. Qe2 Rh6 42. Ra7+ Kg8 43. Qxh6 g4 44. Qexe3 g3 45. Ra1 Kf7 46.
Qhf4+ Kg7 47. Qexg3+ Kh7 48. d5 Kh8 49. d6 Kh7 50. d7 Kh8 51. d8=Q+ Kh7 52. Qd1
Kh8 53. c4 Kh7 54. c5 Kh8 55. c6 Kh7 56. c7 Kh8 57. c8=Q+ Kh7 58. Qcc1 Kh8 59.
b4 Kh7 60. b5 Kh8 61. b6 Kh7 62. b7 Kh8 63. b8=Q+ Kh7 64. Qbb3 Kh8 65. Qbf3 Kh7
66. Qcd2 Kh8 67. Qdf2 Kh7 68. Qdf1 Kh8 69. Kh2 Kh7 70. Kh3 Kh8 71. Kh4 Kh7 72.
Kh5 Kh8 73. Qfh4 Kh7 74. Q1e1 Kh8 75. Kg6+ Kg8 76. Kf6+ Kf8 77. Ke6+ Ke8 78.
Kd6# 1-0


There are 12 different mates in one here!

1. 76.Qe6#
2. 76.Qd5#
3. 76.Qe8#
4. 76.Qf7#
5. 76.Qb3#
6. 76.Qb8#
7. 76.Ra8#
8. 76.Qf8#
9. 76.Qa8#
10. 76.Qa2#
11. 76.Qd8#
12. 76.Qh7#

Happy Tactics!
Your Friend,
P.S. I play on Red hot pawn as “TimmyBx”. Feel free to challenge me any time to a game :-)

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