# A Puzzle for You to Solve - Merry Christmas (and a Happy 2014!)

• PeterDoggers
• on 12/25/13, 1:22 AM.

One of our readers sent us a short article with a specially composed chess puzzle where the pieces on the diagram present the year 2014. The puzzle wasn't published before and so it is something new and special for our readers. Thanks Diyan!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2014!

Mate in 2 moves

Diyan Kostadinov is titled FIDE Master for chess composition and National Master of Sport. He is a Bronze medalist from the recent World Championship (2010-2012), Olympic Silver medalist (2010), he was three times on second place of the World Cup (2010, 2011, 2013) and a winner of many tourneys for chess composition.

Below you can try to solve the puzzle:

• 21 months ago

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• 21 months ago

• 21 months ago

soo much different ways

• 22 months ago

nice

• 22 months ago

superb

• 22 months ago

Great

• 22 months ago

cabdan1, has the fewest moves, possible, even if knight x bishop, knight x knight, checkmates 2 moves.

34 hours ago

cabdan1

Yes. I solved it!...Bf4 then Re5!!!

• 22 months ago

Good comments.  Some of the other lines are part of why I found this difficult.  I think it spins of how unlikely one feels declining the juicy queen would be in a normal game.  That and the thought that the win is bagged, so let's try to do it with the fewest moves...

• 22 months ago

Be4, Bd5. 2 moves only either way black moves, if black moves knight, check, knight x knight, checkmate. Except if bishop e4, knight x knight, the  extra moves are required, Be4, K x K, Bd5, Kgd6, Bb4. Another better Bb4, Re7

• 22 months ago

You assume that after 1.Bf4, black will invariably play 1. ...Rxh1. But that is not true, for if Black plays 1. ...Nxb7, the checkmate is not that quick.

• 22 months ago

Finally!  This one really had me for awhile- what a great puzzle- what a great gift for the holidays.  Thank you!

• 22 months ago

Yes. I solved it!...Bf4 then Re5!!!

• 22 months ago

Cute idea

• 22 months ago

Where's the 2013 Holiday Puzzler?  I remember how much fun the 2011 and 2012 editions were

• 22 months ago
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• 22 months ago

I thought it might be Be4, but the computer not let me play it.

• 22 months ago

amazing sir i hv solved in very short time

• 22 months ago

Bf4 Nxf4 then Nxf4 mate. if Bf4 Nxb7 then Bc4 mate. Bf4 Rxd3 then Re5 mate.

• 22 months ago