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


  • 3 years ago


    Merry Christmas and have a Happy New Year to all chess.com Players,Employees and Families please those who use cheat engines don't next year keep the Integrity of the Game Intact...mine and others game wins would be much higher and you could see the real ratings...besides you only lower a persons opinion of you and lose friends,when you cheat in any Game..in Sam Waynewrights voice HE HAW and Merry Xmas...Mr Potter. remember No Man's a Failure who has Friends.

  • 3 years ago


    For "Mate in 2" puzzles, you have to:

    1) imagine the checkmate (or several possible ones, if they exist); then

    2) find a move that prepares this mate construction; then

    3) make sure that your candidate move cannot be refuted by some clever interjection by the other side.  

    It helps to start by examining the opponent's king and finding out where that king can escape currently or what check would become a mate if only some piece of yours was in the right spot.  That helps for fielding candidate moves for your first move -- then it's easier to see if a number of opponents' answers can still be finished with a checkmate.  Typically, there's a number of potential checkmates hanging, and opponent pieces being tied up in preventing most (but not all) of them...

    Finally, experience in chess and specifically in tactics -- in addition to following some overall strategy such as what I outlined above -- helps a ton in these compositions.  I used to find them quite difficult earlier on; now after many years behind the board, the "mate in 2" compositions I find almost always delightfully easy but still very clever and intellectually gratifying to solve.


  • 3 years ago


    Black does not take bishop because Nxf4+ is followed by Nxf4#. same result

  • 3 years ago


    not bad ;-)

  • 3 years ago


    My thanks to both of you. Merry Christmas :-)

  • 3 years ago


    Solution sinned

    Bf4     RE1 

    Good move

    Bb5 good

    Next mat Bd7 -   BC4

  • 3 years ago


    Nice.! Marry xmas :)

  • 3 years ago



    It is a good move best the purpose of these puzzles is to find the BEST move.

  • 3 years ago


    Dear Minijote,

    you must always search for the fastest mate:)

  • 3 years ago



    1.bf4 ...Nxf4 then 2.Nxf4#

    There is no better move as it is checkmate

  • 3 years ago


    what if Black cuts the bishop with knight and keeps check ??

  • 3 years ago


    Nice composition... will there be a Holiday Puzzler for this year?

  • 3 years ago


    Good morning,


    I'm a beginner so I might not see my mistake but why is a first move 1.Re5+ not a good one? It seems to me it will eventually lead to mate in any case.

  • 3 years ago


    A masterpiece.

  • 3 years ago


    Good one  Happy Xmas!

  • 3 years ago


    ho...ho...ho...merry christmas to all!!!

  • 3 years ago


    an epic puzzle, merry xmas and happy new year guys :)

  • 3 years ago


    good puzzle merry christmas everyone

  • 3 years ago


    Nice :)

  • 3 years ago


    very good. not so easy to find

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