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1/1/2012 - Mate in 2


  • 3 years ago · Quote · #61

    LawrenceB

    No brainer, although H8 was definitely tempting for a second

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #62

    Djazbin

    Bonne année 2012; du succès dans vos échecs! Happy new year!

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #63

    milray101

    Happy New Year!

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #64

    hilaking

    Happy New Year !

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #65

    citrui

    good 2012 chess men

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #66

    castle_mate

    Cool

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #67

    peperapido

    Happy New Year to all!

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #68

    kingpin

    have a great new year everyone!

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #69

    abekiroz

    happy new year

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #70

    danplays

    Easy puzzle to start a new year

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #71

    thomas0115

    too simple.

    HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!2012 just begun!

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #72

    waynedickinson2

    ez new year sunday puzzle.

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #73

    NokiaE7

    too easy

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #74

    diontd

    dufferps wrote:

    pretty obvious that the first move MUST be a check, else 1....Qxc2#. 

    So, two checks are available - 1. Rh8+ and 1. Rg7+.
    1. Rh8+ allows ... Kf7 and he now can escape to e6 or e8 when checked on the second move.  Not only would white not mate in 2, but he would very likely lose the game, since black only needs a 1-move tempo to play Qxc2#

    So, 1. Rg7 Kxg7 (forced) 2. Qh7# is the way to go.

    Another approach that I looked at was

    1.Rc7.  Then, unless black sacrifices his Queen, it is 2.Qh8#

    Some variations on that:
    1. Rc7  Qd7, 2. Rxd7 any-move, 3.Qh8#
    1. Rc7  Qxc2+, 2. Rxc2  Kf7,  3. Rc7+ Ke8  from here there are too many variations, but I think white's queen to a knight material advantage will win.


    After 1.Rc7, black can play 1... Qh5, and white has no choice but to trade queens and get a pawn for a piece, or he will be a clear piece down.

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #75

    goldenrook25

    happy new year to all ;)

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #76

    venture

    Happy 2012 for all chess lovers
  • 3 years ago · Quote · #77

    bob1943

    happy new years .a special one to the people who created chess.com

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #78

    shang2

    easy

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #79

    xray

    Happy 2012 to all and their families

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #80

    dermi

    Happy New Year


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