Now a puzzle of a slightly different nature. I arrived at this position and my opponent is about to thrown in the towel. In a last ditch effort, Black plays
1. ..... Ng3+ (as shown)
Now which way should the White King head for safety?
Should White play
2. Kh2 or Kg1?
Answers can be found by highlighting the brackets.
As an added puzzle, if you ignore the fact that White King is in check - Let's say that the White King is on g1 and it's White to move. Can you find a way to checkmate the Black King?
The worse possible moment you can do in any game is to blunder:
2. Kg1?? Be3+
3. Kh2 Nf1+
4. Kh1 Ng3+ and Black escapes with a perpetual check and it's a draw
The answer is
2. Kh2 Nf1+ (2... Bf4 is impossible because of 3. Qe7#)
and now 3. Kg1 and the White King is safe.
Well done if you spotted that.
For the second part of the puzzle, the very nice little combination arrives after
2. Nc6+ Ke8 (only move)
3. Qb8+ Kd7 (3.. Bc8 4. Qxc8+ Bd8 etc. is an easy mate)
4. Nxe5# (very petite mate)