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7 Hardest Chess Compositions You Ever Saw [mate in 2] E-mail
Written by Yury Markushin   
Wednesday, 08 January 2014 10:00

chess problemToday is the hardcore tactics day, so I uploaded 7 extremely difficult chess compositions. These are called compositions because they were created ('composed'') by the master-mind composers to make your job (as a solver) as difficult as humanly possible.

Yes, these positions weren't taken from the grandmasters games,  they  are much more complicated. If you can solve these mate-in-2 problems, you can solve everything . Here they are:

Instructions: In each of these positions White to Move and Mate in 2

Composition #1 G. Rinder (1961)

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Composition #2 A. Ellerman (1925)

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Composition #3  K. Medison (1917)

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Composition #4 I. Shifman (1927)

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Composition #5 A. Lobusov (1988)

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Composition #6 V. Pilchenko (1993)

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Composition #7 L. Loshinskiy (1961)

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If you have solved these problems here are some more:

If you have difficulties solving it, read our how to solve tactics problems guide

Don't forget to post your solution in the comment field below!

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Last Updated on Thursday, 09 January 2014 23:20


0 #29 Anjo Oscuro 2015-11-27 20:19
Quoting Yury:
Hello Shadowleaf04, you got it!

The main move of this problem Qd5+! it is the most difficult intro-move to find since it loses a queen and doesn't give much in exchange. But that's only from the first glance. In reality it leads to 5 different winning lines,

Try solving other ones, they are not easy :-)

Yo mr admin, have you tried b3 on the first one ? it leads to a zugzwang and a mate in 2, and I think that it is the righteous solution, sure Qd5 works perfect but in these compositions it never starts with a check
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0 #28 Anjo Oscuro 2015-11-27 20:17
Quoting James:
Problem 2:
1. Nc5 Ke5
2. Nd7#

The knight is pinned James
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0 #27 Anjo Oscuro 2015-11-27 20:15
1. There's 2 solutions to this one, but since chess compositions never start with check then Qd5 is canceled and the solution is b6
2. Rd7
3. Be4
4. Qf3
5. Bg2
6. Nf3
7. haven't looked at it yet.
These compositions looked fairly easy to me, maybe I got the right way of thinking, I always try to reach to mating move and try to put the black in some zugzwang, and it works. :)
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0 #26 yaahwant 2014-11-14 04:34
1 Qd5+
2 Rd1
3 Be4
4 Rxf5# puzzle is wrong
5 Nd3
6 Nf5
7 Nbc6
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0 #25 kronavsky 2014-08-01 13:02
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0 #24 Giulio86 2014-07-04 05:44
1. Qd5
2. Rd6
3. Rf3
4. Nb5
5. Nd3
6. Nf3
7. Nd4-c6
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+1 #23 Ajit 2014-06-29 02:31
Quoting James:
Problem 2:
1. Nc5 Ke5
2. Nd7#

Knight can not be moved. its pinned between white king and black queen.
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0 #22 Ajit 2014-06-29 02:21
Quoting David Pratt:
Problem 1.. Rxf4, Rxf4, Nf6. Or if black plays Rook anywhere else then Rook to c4

Looks like this is the only solution to problem.
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0 #21 Poonam 2014-06-27 21:15
1. Rd6, (if R*d6 then 2. Qc4++), (if N(b)d5 then 2. R*c6++), N(f)d5 2. Ne6++
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0 #20 Max Bouaraba 2014-06-27 14:34
Did take me 3 minutes for just puzzle number 1....
starting with Qd5+ and no matter what black will be mated
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