White to play and checkmate in three moves

Problems 121 to 132

121

(Samuel Loyd - The Saturday Courier, May 1856)

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1.Qc2!
1...Ra7+ 2.Kxa7 ~
3.Nb4#
3.Qc4#
2...Nb6 3.Nb4#
2...Re7+ 3.Nxe7#
2...Rb8
3.Ne7#
3.Qc4#
1...Nb6 2.Nb4+ Rxb4 3.Qc6#
1...Nc7 2.Ne7+ Rxe7 3.Qc6#
1...Rb8+ 2.Kxb8 ~ 3.Ne7#
2...Ra7
3.Nb4#
3.Qc4#
2...Rc4 3.Qxc4#
2...Rb4+ 3.Nxb4#

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122

(Samuel Loyd - The Era (London), 1859)

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1.Ne5! ~ 2.Nd3#
1...Kxe5 2.Qe3+ Kxd6 3.Qe7#
1...Qxd6+ 2.Kh5
2...Qxe5 3.Qf2#
2...Kxe5 3.Qe3#
2...Qa3 3.Ng6#
2...Qb4 (Qc5, Qe7, Qf8, Qc7, Qb8)
3.Ng6#
3.Nd3#
2...Qxd8 (Q~d) 3.Ng6#
2...Qd3 3.Nxd3#
2...Qa6 (Q~6) 3.Nd3#
2...Qg6+ 3.Nxg6#
1...Qxb5 2.Qf2+ Kxe5 3.Qf6#

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123

(Johann Nepomuk Berger - Nuova Rivista degli Scacchi, Terzo Concorso Internazionale di Problemi Special Prize, 1880) ****

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1.Qa8! ~
2.Rf5
2.Re5
1...Na3 2.Qa7
2...Nxc2 3.Rxc3#
2...Nc4+ 3.Rxc4#
1...Re2 2.Qa7
2...Bc1 3.Rd5#
2...Be1 3.Rd5#
1...Bc1 2.Qa7
2...Ba3 3.Rxc3#
2...Rd1 3.Rxc3#
2...Re2 3.Rd5#
1...f5 2.Qa7 Rxd6 3.Rxc3#
1...Rxg3 2.Qa7
2...Kxf2 3.Rf5#
2...Rf3 3.Rf5#
1...Qg8 2.Qa7
2...Qc4 3.Rxc4#
2...Qd5 3.Rxd5#
2...Qd8+ 3.Rc7#

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124

(Viktor Oleksandrovich Mel'nichenko - Šahs/Шахматы (Rīga), 1959)

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1.Qa8! ~ 2.Qd8
2...Kf4 3.Qh4#
2...f4 3.Qd3#
1...Kf4 2.Qg8
2...Ke4 3.Qc4#
2...e4 3.Qg3#
1...Kd4 2.Qc8 ~ 3.Qc4#
2...e4 3.Qc5#
1...Kd5 2.Qg8+
2...Kd4 3.Qc4#
2...Ke4 3.Qc4#
1...f4 2.Nd6+ Kd4 3.Nb5#

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125

(Roberts Skuja - Schach in Lettland vor, 1940)

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1.Qc7+!
1...Kxc7 2.d8=Q+!
2...Kxd8 3.Bb6#
2...Kc6 3.Qd7#
2...Kb7 3.Qc8#
1...Kb5 2.Qc5+
2...Ka4 3.Bd1#
2...Ka6 3.Qb6#
1...Kd5
2.d8=Q+ Ke4 3.Qf4#
2.d8=R+ Ke4 3.Qf4#

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126

(Bruno Casacci - L'Italia Scacchistica, 1960)

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1.Rb4! ~ 2.Nd3#
1...Kxb4 2.Kxb6 ~ 3.Be1#
1...cxb5 2.Rd4
2...b4 3.Rd5#
2...Kxd4 3.Bf2#
2...exd4 3.Nd3#

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127

(Alois Nagler - Schweizerische Schachzeitung, Aug 1952)

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1.Bc8!
1...e3 2.Qe2 Kf4 3.Qh2#
1...exf3 2.Bxb7 f2 3.Qd6#

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128

(Franz Schrufer)

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1.Rc1! ~ 2.Rg1 ~ 3.Rg6#
2...Ng3 3.Bd4#
2...Nh4
3.Bxh4#
3.Bd4#
2...Ne7
3.Bh4#
3.Bd4#
2...Nxd6 3.Bh4#
1...Nf1 2.Rxf1
2...Nd4
3.Bh4#
3.Bxd4#
2...Ne3 3.Bh4#
2...Ng3 3.Bd4#
2...Nh4
3.Bd4#
3.Bxh4#
2...Nxh6 3.Bd4#
2...Ng7
3.Bd4#
3.Bh4#
2...Ne7
3.Bh4#
3.Bd4#
2...Nxd6 3.Bh4#
1...Nxf3 2.Rf1
2...Nd4
3.Bh4#
3.Bxd4#
2...Nd2
3.Bd4#
3.Bh4#
2...Ne1
3.Bh4#
3.Bd4#
2...Ng1
3.Bd4#
3.Bh4#
2...Nh2
3.Bh4#
3.Bd4#
2...Nh4
3.Bd4#
3.Bxh4#
2...Ng5 3.Bd4#
2...Ne5 3.Bh4#
2...Nd4
3.Bh4#
3.Bxd4#
2...Ne3 3.Bh4#
2...Ng3 3.Bd4#
2...Nh4
3.Bd4#
3.Bxh4#
2...Nxh6 3.Bd4#
2...Ng7
3.Bd4#
3.Bh4#
2...Ne7
3.Bh4#
3.Bd4#
2...Nxd6 3.Bh4#
1...Ne4 2.fxe4 ~ 3.e5#
2...Nxh6 3.Bd4#
2...Nxd6 3.Bh4#
1...Nc4 2.Rxc4
2...Nd4
3.Bh4#
3.Bxd4#
2...Ne3 3.Bh4#
2...Ng3 3.Bd4#
2...Nh4
3.Bd4#
3.Bxh4#
2...Nxh6 3.Bd4#
2...Ng7
3.Bd4#
3.Bh4#
2...Ne7
3.Bh4#
3.Bd4#
2...Nxd6 3.Bh4#
1...Nb3 2.axb3
2...Nd4
3.Bh4#
3.Bxd4#
2...Ne3 3.Bh4#
2...Ng3 3.Bd4#
2...Nh4
3.Bd4#
3.Bxh4#
2...Nxh6 3.Bd4#
2...Ng7
3.Bd4#
3.Bh4#
2...Ne7
3.Bh4#
3.Bd4#
2...Nxd6 3.Bh4#

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129

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1. Qh2 - Kd3

2. g3 - Kc4

3. Qc2#


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130

(Hrvoje Bartolovic - Die Schwalbe 1st Prize, 1976)

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1.Bh8! ~ 2.c4+
2...Rd3 3.Bxd3#
2...Rg6 3.Bxg6#
1...Rc3 2.Rxc3
2...Kb2 3.Rb3#
2...Ka1 3.Rb3#
1...Rd3 2.Rxd3 Kxc2 3.Rd5#
1...Re3 2.Rxe3 Kxc1 3.Re1#
1...Rg7 2.Rxg7 ~ 3.Rb7#
1...Rg6 2.Rxg6 Kxc2 3.Rg1#
1...Rg5 2.Rxg5 ~ 3.Rb5#
2...Kxc1 3.Rg1#

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131

(Gerhard Paul Latzel - Deutsche Schachzeitung 1st Prize, Sep 1956)

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1.Nf4! ~
2.Ne2#
2.Nh3#
1...Qb3+ 2.Rc2+ Kf1 3.Nd3#
1...Qd5+ 2.Rd2+ Kf1 3.Nxd5#
1...Qd7+ 2.Rd2+ Kf1 3.Ne6#
1...Qh5+
2.Ne2+ Qxe2+ 3.Rxe2#
2.Re2+ Kf1 3.Nxh5#
1...Rxh2 2.Rg2+
2...Kh1 3.Rg1#
2...Kf1 3.Rg1#

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132

(Ladislav Knotek - Ústřední jednota českých šachistů 1st Prize, Dec 1948)

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1.Qh4!
1...c3 2.Bxc3
2...Kd1 3.Qa4#
2...Kb1 3.Qe4#
1...Kd2 (Kd1) 2.Qf2 ~ 3.Nc3#
1...Kxb2 2.Qxc4 ~ 3.Qa2#
2...Ka3 3.Qb3#
1...Kb1 2.Qxc4 Kxb2 3.Qa2#

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