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3 Most Tricky Mate-in-1 Positions Ever E-mail
Written by Yury Markushin   
Saturday, 17 May 2014 00:00

tricky matesWe present 3 the most tricky mate-in-1 problems you will ever see. To solve these tactical wonders you don't need to be a very strong chess player.

All you need to know is the basic chess rules and possess some imagination and intuition.

Tricky Problem #1

tricky mate in 1 - 1

White to move and mate in 1

Tricky Problem #2

tricky mate in 1 - 2

White to move and mate in 1

Tricky Problem #3

tricky mate in 1 - 3

White to move and NOT checkmate in 1


Solutions (in case if you're totally puzzled):

Problem 1. 1.dxe6# The previous move for white was Bb2+ and black blocked the check by movin his pawn from e7 to e5. This allows white to capture the black pawn on e5 via en passant for checkmate.

Problem 2. 1.Qg6#. In this game players started the game on the reversed chess board.

Problem 3. Rc6+ is the only move that is not a checkmate.


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Last Updated on Friday, 23 May 2014 00:28


0 #30 Voldemort 2017-03-29 09:31
Quoting ato:
for #2, how are we meant to know it's a reversed chessboard? Also if it weren't one, you could promote the f pawn to a queen, resulting in checkmate

If f pawn is promoted, king can go to g5. so it is not mate in 1. as you say if board is not reversed, g5 square is safe for king(temporaril y.) but yes we are not meant to know it's a reversed board.
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+3 #29 ato 2017-03-24 07:02
for #2, how are we meant to know it's a reversed chessboard? Also if it weren't one, you could promote the f pawn to a queen, resulting in checkmate
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-2 #28 Barry 2017-01-18 15:56
Problem two is a fraud as the chessboard clearly showed ranks 1 through 8 on the left edge of the board. Problem three has two answers ; Rc6# is NOT the only move as Rxg5# is not mate as Rxh7 stops mate in one.
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+1 #27 Sreenath 2017-01-04 11:42
In the second problem the ans is said to be Qg6 but if that will be placed then the pawn will be able to cut the queen hence it won't be a mate in one..
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0 #26 hello 2016-07-26 04:01
Ng3# isthe answer
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0 #25 Swastik 2015-11-27 01:58
I didn't get problem 3.
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-3 #24 Will 2015-09-23 19:12
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-2 #23 Julius Baldenero 2015-03-30 08:05
Problem #1
dxe6 e.p #

Problem #3
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0 #22 Chris F 2014-12-28 19:51
Enough readers here have trashed #2, and deservedly so. I will dispose #1 as having no relevance.

By the conventions of puzzle composition, 1. dxe6# is allowed only if the legality of the position depends on e7-e5 being Black's last move. This is obviously not true here. For example, White's previous move may have been Qg5, to which Black responded Rh7.
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-1 #21 Tom White 2014-11-12 17:18
Yes, failed. But so annoying. All it demonstrates is that normal chess problems are premised on reasonable assumptions. Arguably one should get number 1 - but the second one is really stupid. Waste of time.
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