“A wise man can learn more from a foolish question than a fool can learn from a wise answer”
A quick reminder how it works:
- Have a look at the position for 1 minute (watch the clock)
- Think about the choices in front of you and pick the one you feel it is right
- Verify it in your mind the best you can
- Compare it with the solution
This week’s puzzle fits the theme perfectly. Go ahead and try it!
Promoting the c-pawn is the only chance Black has. The knight keeps the White king away for the moment, but the king is in the square and can easily stop the pawn if needed. The next thing I looked at was to see if any knight move would help. Unfortunately after any knight move, there is nothing decisive against 2. Kd3 …
At this point I thought that possibly the c5-pawn might help. It is true 1… c5-c4 takes over the control of the d3-square. This means the knight could move next anywhere it wants. In the same time this pawn push does not truly threaten anything. White has a free move to do what he wants and a couple of easy choices come to mind: 2. Ra5+ … and 2. Ra3 … White can also play them both one after the other.
That was the moment when I felt that I missed something obvious. What could that be? Well, the most obvious thing I could think of was a knight fork. It is not really obvious the rook is on a bad square, so you have to do some imaginary knight jumps to see it. Once you do that, the rest is easy. You got that within the given minute, didn’t you? Congratulations then. I hope you liked it.