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Problems 025 to 036

25

Checkmate in 7 moves

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  1. Nxf6+ - exf6

  2. hxg6 - Rxc2+

  3. Nxc2 - Nd3+

  4. Kb1 - Qh5

  5. Rxh5 - Re8

  6. gxh7+ - Kh8

  7. Qxf6#


Date added: 1/3/2021

26

Checkmate in 5 moves

(Johannes Kohtz & Carl Kockelkorn - Sonntags-Blatt für Jedermann aus dem Volke, 1887)

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1.Qe1! ~ 2.Qe3 g5 3.Qe4#
1...Kg5 2.Qc1+
2...Kh4 3.Qh6#
2...Kf5 3.Qe3 g5 4.Qe4#
2...Kh5 3.Qh1+ Kg5 4.Kg3
4...Kf5 5.Qd5#
4...f5 5.Qh4#

Date added: 3/3/2021

27

Checkmate in 6 moves

(Josef Kling - Illustrated London News, 11 Mar 1848)

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  1. Qc3+ - Rb3

  2. Qc5+ - Rb4

  3. Qe3+ - Rb3

  4. Qxe7+ - Rb4

  5. Qd6 - Kb3

  6. Qd3#


Date added: 11/3/2021

28

Checkmate in 5 moves

(Peter August d’Orville - Le Palamède, 1837 )

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  1. Nge5 - Ke3

  2. c3 - Kd2

  3. Nc4+ - Kxd3

  4. b4 - Kxc4

  5. Be2#


Date added: 14/3/2021

29

Checkmate in 5 moves

(Bonus Socius, 1300)

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1.Ke6! ~ 2.Kf6 Kh7 3.g6+ Kg8 4.h7#
1...Kh7 2.Kf5 Kg8 3.Kf6 Kh7 4.g6+ Kg8 5.h7#

Date added: 9/4/2021

30

Checkmate in 5 moves

(Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa - Surya Ganguly, Tata Steel India Blitz, Kolkata, 14.11.2018.)

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1. h7+!
1. ... Kg7 2. Rf7+
2. ... Kh8 3. Kh6 [4. g7#]
3. ... Rg8 4. Rf8 [5. Rxg8, hxg8=Q, hxg8=R, g7#]
4. ... Rxf8 5. g7#

Date added: 19/4/2021

31

Checkmate in 10 moves

(Ernest Levonovich Pogosyanc - Chess Life & Review, Nov 1973)

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  1. Nf6 - Bb2

2. Nd5 - Ka1

3. Nb4+ - Bc1

4. K×c1 - c2

5. N×c2+ - Ka2

6. Nd4 - Ka1

7. Kc2 - Ka2

8. Ne2 - Ka1

9. Nc1 - a2

10. Nb3#


Date added: 20/4/2021

32

Checkmate in 4 moves

(Domenico Ercole del Rio - Osservazioni Teorico-Pratiche sopra il Giuoco degli Scacchi, 1763)

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  1. Ne6+ - Ke8

  2. Qd8+ - Bxd8

  3. Rf8+ - Rxf8

  4. Ng7#


Date added: 20/4/2021

33

Checkmate in 4 moves

(Johannes Kohtz & Carl Kockelkorn - Festschrift des Akademischen Schachklubs München, 1911)

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1.Qf7! ~ 2.Nd3+ Kd1 3.Qb3#
1...Bd5 2.Qa7! ~ 3.Qa1#
2...Ra4 3.Qh7! ~ 4.Qb1#
3...Re4 4.Qh1#
3...Be4 4.Qh4#
3...Ra1 4.Qh4#
3...Ba2 (Bb3) 4.Qh1#
2...Ba2 3.Qxa2
2...Bb3 (Be4) 3.Qa1+ Bd1 4.Nd3#
1...Be4
2.Qa2 ~ 3.Qa1+ Bb1 4.Qxb1#
2.Qa7 ~ 3.Qa1+ Bb1 4.Qxb1#
1...Rb4 2.cxb4
1...Rc4 2.Qg6 ~
3.Qb1#
3.Qg3#
1...Rd4 2.cxd4

Date added: 20/4/2021

34

Checkmate in 4 moves

(Claude Goumondy - Stella Polaris 1st Prize, 1970)

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1.Bb1! ~ 2.Rd2+
2...Nd3
3.Rxd3#
3.Nc2#
2...Bxd2 3.Qxd2+
3...Nd3 4.Qxd3#
3...Kc4 4.Ba2#
1...fxe2 2.Nb3+
2...Kd5 3.Nc1+ Kd4 4.Nxe2#
2...Kc4 3.Nc1+ Kd4 4.Nxe2#
1...Qf1
2.Nc2+ Kd3 3.Ne1+ Kd4 4.Nxf3#
2.Nb3+
2...Kd5 3.Nd2+ Kd4 4.Nxf3#
2...Kc4 3.Nd2+ Kd4 4.Nxf3#
1...Qe6 2.Nc2+ Kd3 3.Ne1+ Kd4 4.Nxf3#
1...Qf5 2.Nb3+
2...Kd5 3.Nd2+ Kd4 4.Nxf3#
2...Kc4 3.Nd2+ Kd4 4.Nxf3#
1...Qh7 2.Nb3+
2...Kd5 3.Nd2+ Kd4 4.Nxf3#
2...Kc4 3.Nd2+ Kd4 4.Nxf3#
1...b4 2.Nc2+ Kd3 3.Ne3+ Kd4 4.Qc4#
1...Bf5 2.Nb3+
2...Kd5 3.Na5+ Kd4 4.Nxc6#
2...Kc4 3.Na5+ Kd4 4.Nxc6#
1...Be6 2.Nc2+ Kd3 3.Nb4+ Kd4 4.Nxc6#

Date added: 7/5/2021

35

Checkmate in 5 moves

(Karl Ernst Adolf Anderssen - The Illustrated London News, Jan 1846)

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1.Qe1! ~ 2.Qxd2#
1...dxe1=Q 2.Rd4 ~ 3.Ra4+ Bxa4 4.b4+ Qxb4+ 5.axb4#
1...dxe1=N 2.Rd4 ~ 3.Ra4+ Bxa4 4.b4#
2...Nd3 3.Ra4+ Bxa4 4.b4+ Nxb4 5.axb4#
2...Nc2 3.Ra4+ Bxa4 4.b4+ Nxb4 5.axb4#
2...Bc4 3.Rxc4 ~
4.Ra4#
4.Rc5#
3...Nd3 4.Ra4#
3...Ne4 4.Ra4#
3...Ne6 4.Ra4#
3...Nc7 4.Ra4#
3...Nd6 4.Ra4#
1...dxe1=R 2.Rd4 ~ 3.Ra4+ Bxa4 4.b4#
2...Rb1 3.Ra4+ Bxa4 4.b4+ Rxb4 5.axb4#
2...Bc4 3.Rxc4 ~
4.Ra4#
4.Rc5#
3...Rc1 4.Ra4#
3...Ne4 4.Ra4#
3...Ne6 4.Ra4#
3...Nc7 4.Ra4#
3...Nd6 4.Ra4#
1...dxe1=B 2.Rd4 ~ 3.Ra4+ Bxa4 4.b4+ Bxb4+ 5.axb4#
1...f1=N
2.Rxd2 ~
3.Rd1+ Nd2 4.Qxd2#
3.Ra2+ Nd2 4.Qxd2#
3.Rb2+ Nd2 4.Qxd2#
3.Rc2+ Nd2 4.Qxd2#
3.Rd8+ Nd2 4.Qxd2#
3.Rd7+ Nd2 4.Qxd2#
3.Rd6+ Nd2 4.Qxd2#
3.Rd5+ Nd2 4.Qxd2#
3.Rd4+ Nd2 4.Qxd2#
3.Rd3+ Nd2 4.Qxd2#
3.Rxe2+ Nd2 4.Qxd2#
2...Bd3
3.Rd1+ Nd2 4.Qxd2#
3.Ra2+ Nd2 4.Qxd2#
3.Rb2+ Nd2 4.Qxd2#
3.Rc2+ Nd2 4.Qxd2#
3.Rxd3+ Nd2
4.Qxd2#
4.Rd5#
3.Rxe2+ Nd2 4.Qxd2#
2...Ne4 3.Rd4+
3...Nd2 4.Ra4+ Bxa4 5.b4#
3...Nd2
4.Ra4+ Bxa4 5.b4#
4.Rxe4 ~ 5.Qxd2#
3...Nc3 4.Qxc3#
2...Nf3 3.Rd4+
3...Nd2 4.Ra4+ Bxa4 5.b4#
3...Nd2 4.Ra4+ Bxa4 5.b4#
3...Nxe1 4.Ra4+ Bxa4 5.b4#
2...Nd6
3.Rd4+ Nd2 4.Qxd2#
3.Rd1+ Nd2 4.Qxd2#
3.Ra2+ Nd2 4.Qxd2#
3.Rb2+ Nd2 4.Qxd2#
3.Rc2+ Nd2 4.Qxd2#
3.Rxd6+ Nd2 4.Qxd2#
3.Rd5+ Nd2 4.Qxd2#
3.Rd3+ Nd2 4.Qxd2#
3.Rxe2+ Nd2 4.Qxd2#
2.Rd4 ~ 3.Ra4+ Bxa4 4.b4#
2...dxe1=Q 3.Ra4+ Bxa4 4.b4+ Qxb4+ 5.axb4#
2...dxe1=B 3.Ra4+ Bxa4 4.b4+ Bxb4+ 5.axb4#
2...Bc4 3.Rxc4 ~
4.Ra4#
4.Rc5#
3...Ne4 4.Ra4#
3...Ne6 4.Ra4#
3...Nc7 4.Ra4#
3...Nd6 4.Ra4#
1...fxe1=Q 2.Rd4 ~ 3.Ra4+ Bxa4 4.b4#
2...Qb1 3.Ra4+ Bxa4 4.b4+ Qxb4+ 5.axb4#
2...d1=Q 3.Ra4+ Bxa4 4.b4+ Qxb4+ 5.axb4#
2...d1=N 3.Ra4+ Bxa4 4.b4+ Qxb4+ 5.axb4#
2...d1=R 3.Ra4+ Bxa4 4.b4+ Qxb4+ 5.axb4#
2...d1=B 3.Ra4+ Bxa4 4.b4+ Qxb4+ 5.axb4#
2...Bc4 3.Rxc4 ~
4.Ra4#
4.Rc5#
3...Qf2 4.Ra4#
3...Qc1 4.Ra4#
3...Qg1 4.Ra4#
3...Ne4 4.Ra4#
3...Ne6 4.Ra4#
3...Nc7 4.Ra4#
3...Nd6 4.Ra4#
1...fxe1=N 2.Rd4 ~ 3.Ra4+ Bxa4 4.b4#
2...Nd3 3.Ra4+ Bxa4 4.b4+ Nxb4 5.axb4#
2...Nc2 3.Ra4+ Bxa4 4.b4+ Nxb4 5.axb4#
2...Bc4 3.Rxc4 ~
4.Ra4#
4.Rc5#
3...Nd3 4.Ra4#
3...Ne4 4.Ra4#
3...Ne6 4.Ra4#
3...Nc7 4.Ra4#
3...Nd6 4.Ra4#
1...fxe1=R 2.Rd4 ~ 3.Ra4+ Bxa4 4.b4#
2...Rb1 3.Ra4+ Bxa4 4.b4+ Rxb4 5.axb4#
2...Bc4 3.Rxc4 ~
4.Ra4#
4.Rc5#
3...Rc1 4.Ra4#
3...Ne4 4.Ra4#
3...Ne6 4.Ra4#
3...Nc7 4.Ra4#
3...Nd6 4.Ra4#
1...fxe1=B 2.Rd4 ~ 3.Ra4+ Bxa4 4.b4#
2...d1=Q 3.Ra4+ Bxa4 4.b4+ Bxb4+ 5.axb4#
2...d1=N 3.Ra4+ Bxa4 4.b4+ Bxb4+ 5.axb4#
2...d1=R 3.Ra4+ Bxa4 4.b4+ Bxb4+ 5.axb4#
2...d1=B 3.Ra4+ Bxa4 4.b4+ Bxb4+ 5.axb4#
2...Bc4 3.Rxc4 ~
4.Ra4#
4.Rc5#
3...Bf2 4.Ra4#
3...Ne4 4.Ra4#
3...Ne6 4.Ra4#
3...Nc7 4.Ra4#
3...Nd6 4.Ra4#
1...Ne4 2.Rd4 ~ 3.Ra4+ Bxa4 4.b4#
2...dxe1=Q 3.Ra4+ Bxa4 4.b4+ Qxb4+ 5.axb4#
2...dxe1=B 3.Ra4+ Bxa4 4.b4+ Bxb4+ 5.axb4#
2...Bc4 3.Rxc4 ~ 4.Ra4#
3...Nc3
4.Ra4+ Nxa4 5.b4#
4.Rc5+ Nb5 5.Qxd2#
3...Nc5
4.Rxc5#
4.Qxd2#
1...Nf3 2.Rd4 ~ 3.Ra4+ Bxa4 4.b4#
2...dxe1=Q 3.Ra4+ Bxa4 4.b4+ Qxb4+ 5.axb4#
2...dxe1=B 3.Ra4+ Bxa4 4.b4+ Bxb4+ 5.axb4#
2...Bc4 3.Rxc4 ~
4.Ra4#
4.Rc5#
3...Nd4
4.Ra4#
4.Qxd2#
3...Nc7 4.Ra4#
3...Nd6 4.Ra4#

Date added: 1/6/2021

36

Checkmate in 8 moves

(William Anthony Shinkman - St. Louis Globe-Democrat, 21 May 1887 )

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1.0-0-0! - Kxa7
2.Rd8 - Kxa6
3.Rd7 - Kxa5
4.Rd6 - Kxa4
5.Rd5 - Kxa3
6.Rd4 - Kxa2
7.Rd3 - Ka1
8.Ra3#

OR
1. Kd2 - Kxa7
2. Re1 - Kb8
3. Re8+ - Kc7
4. a7 - Kd6
5. a8=Q - Kd7
6. Qd8+ - Kc6
7. Re7 - Kc5
8. Rc7#

Date added: 1/6/2021