White to play and checkmate in two moves

Problems 145 to 156

145

(Almon Ferdinand Rockwell - The Philadelphia Times, 23 May 1886)

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  1. Qc5 - dxc5

  2. Bd7#


Date added: 29/1/2021

146

(Norris Easter - The Bristol Times and Mirror 4th Prize, 1930)

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  1. Ne4 - Kxe4+

  2. Ne5#



Date added: 30/1/2021

147

(Paul Charles Morphy - The New York Clipper, 28 Jun 1856)

Morphy was 10 years old when he invented this puzzle, his only known composition. The position is simple but cunning. The text reads "White to play and mate in two moves." and indeed White can, but only if you discover Morphy's surprise move--a move that will delight aficionados and beginners alike.

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  1. Ra6 - bxa6

  2. b7# (Zugzwang)


Date added: 30/1/2021

148

(J. Morris)

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  1. Kd4 - Rc3

  2. Kxc3#


Date added: 30/1/2021

149

(Samuel Loyd - The Musical World, 1859)

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  1. Qa1 - Kf8

  2. Qh8#


Date added: 30/1/2021

150

(John Ormerod Scarlett Thursby - Burnley Express, 1881)

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  1. Qb1 - Kf5

  2. Rf2#


Date added: 30/1/2021

151

(Giorgio Guidelli - Good Companion Chess Problem Club 1st Prize, April Award (9th Meredith Tourney) Good Companion Chess Problem Club, Apr 1919)

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  1. Bh8 - Bxd4+

  2. Bxd4#


Date added: 30/1/2021

152

(Frederick E. Gamage - The Falkirk Herald, Keeble MT 1st Prize, 1940)

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  1. Qb1 - Bc4

  2. Nf7#


Date added: 30/1/2021

153

It is rare for a high quality composed problem to be created by an active grandmaster, but this puzzle has been widely praised by solvers. GM Stuart Conquest, devised this diagram where all the action seems to be in the bottom half of the board, although this is deceptive. Can you find the grandmaster’s hidden solution?

(Stuart Conquest)

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  1. Rh8 - gxh1=Q

  2. Rc8#


Date added: 31/1/2021

154

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  1. Qe8+ - Kb7

  2. c6#


Date added: 31/1/2021

155

(Geoffrey Arthur Mott-Smith - Chess Review, Apr 1935)

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  1. Re6 - Bxb1

  2. Ra6#


Date added: 31/1/2021

156

(William Meredith - The Dubuque Chess Journal, 1873)

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  1. Qh8 - Nxd3

  2. Qh1#


Date added: 2/1/2021