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Puzzle No : 0001
Difficulty level : hard
Description : Gain a piece or check mate
Next Move : Black
Player level : Advanced
Free hard chess puzzle 0001
Solution to free hard chess puzzle 0001
At this puzzle, next move is by black. The objective of the puzzle is to gain a piece or checkmate. The white king is at e1. The pieces that are capable to give check are the black queen at a5 and black knight at d4.
Since the king is now in check, he has two options. Either he can move to the square d2 intending to capture the knight at c2 or he can move to f1 to escape the attack. In the former case you can capture the rook and in the latter case you can checkmate. The king can not move to d1 or e2 since these squares are attacked by the bishop at h5. Both options are discussed here.
Gaining the rook
In either case, your white knight can move to e6 and safely escape from the king.
This is one of the solution. You gave a check to the king by knight and captured the rook through fork.
Next move is obviously check mate. With a tentative move of white pawn from e5 to d6, the queen can move to e1 and checkmate. The king can not capture queen since the queen is supported by the knight at c2.
This is the other solution.
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