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!

Diyan Kostadinov (Bulgaria)
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:

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15 votes

Comments


  • 2 years ago

    iagomil

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  • 2 years ago

    bebice

  • 2 years ago

    hyz1234

    soo much different ways

  • 2 years ago

    Phantom_of_the_Opera

    nice

  • 2 years ago

    thegreataswin

    superb

  • 2 years ago

    isabel2888

    Great

  • 2 years ago

    knightscall

    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!!!

  • 2 years ago

    mystoffelees

    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...  

  • 2 years ago

    knightscall

    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

  • 2 years ago

    MiamiUnivChess

    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.

  • 2 years ago

    mystoffelees

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

  • 2 years ago

    cabdan1

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

  • 2 years ago

    Nicholas_Shannon80

    Cute idea

  • 2 years ago

    PhilipN

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

  • 2 years ago

    juanito_divina

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  • 2 years ago

    CaptainCarrotCake

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

  • 2 years ago

    rkant27

    amazing sir i hv solved in very short time

  • 2 years ago

    johnpaul799

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

  • 2 years ago

    upen2002

    Great Puzzle - another one of your fine compositions Mr.Kostadinov

  • 2 years ago

    upen2002

    :D Nice puzzle ! Happy 2014 guys

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