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What is the minimum number of moves for White to checkmate the Black king in the given image?

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See the following chess case and it’s White's turn to move. If both White and Black play optimally, what is the minimum number of moves for White to checkmate the Black king?
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posted May 12, 2017 by anonymous

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Assuming the white pieces started off at the bottom of the board, white can check mate the Black king in 4 moves considering the following optimal moves on both sides
F8 to E6 ( White Horse ) 1st move
H7 to H6 ( Black Pawn )
F7 to F8 ( White Pawn converted to Queen ) 2nd Move ( Check )
H8 to H7 ( Black King to avoid Check )
C4 to D3 ( White Queen to check ) 3rd move
G7 to G6 ( Black Pawn to avoid Check )
F8 to G7 ( White Queen to check the King ) ( has Support of Horse at E6 ) 4th Move CHECK MATE !

answer May 12, 2017 by Tejas Naik

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