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1/1/2012 - Mate in 2

  • #61

    No brainer, although H8 was definitely tempting for a second

  • #62

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

  • #63

    Happy New Year!

  • #64

    Happy New Year !

  • #65

    good 2012 chess men

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  • #67

    Happy New Year to all!

  • #68

    have a great new year everyone!

  • #69

    happy new year

  • #70

    Easy puzzle to start a new year

  • #71

    too simple.

    HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!2012 just begun!

  • #72

    ez new year sunday puzzle.

  • #73

    too easy

  • #74
    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.

  • #75

    happy new year to all ;)

  • #76
    Happy 2012 for all chess lovers
  • #77

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

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  • #79

    Happy 2012 to all and their families

  • #80

    Happy New Year


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