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Written by Yury Markushin
Monday, 04 August 2014 00:00

Today we present 5 very hard mate-in-two composition for your attention. Look at each of the positions carefully and try to find a combination that leads to mate in 2. These are pretty difficult problems, don't get frustrated if you take long time to solve them, this is normal. Hint: look for a quiet, yet powerful move. This type of compositions almost never start with a check or a capture. Think outside the box. Good luck!

## Problem 1: G. Heathcote, "American Chess Bullettin", 1911

White to move and mate 2

## Problem 2: G. Rinder, "Schach", 1961

White to move and mate 2

## Problem 3: C. Mansfield, "Good Companion", 1917

White to move and mate 2

## Problem 4: A. Ellerman, "MK Gvidelli", 1925

White to move and mate 2

## Problem 5:I. Schiffman, "Bristol Times & Mirror", 1927

White to move and mate 2

Solutions:

Problem 1: There are many ways to mate here:  1.Nd4! Qxd4 2.Qxh7# or 1.Nd4! Bxd4 2.Qb1# etc.

Problem 2: I’m giving just the main line here: 1.Qd5!! Kxd5 2.Rf5# for other captures there is a mate as well.

Problem 3: 1. Be4! Nd2+ 2.Nxc4# there are other mates available for different responses of black

Problem 4: One of the possible mating lines 1.Rd7! Qd4 2.Nd6#

Problem 5: One of the possible lines: 1.Qf3! Qxf3+ 2.Re4#

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Last Updated on Monday, 18 August 2014 20:05

-1 #45 Zrs 2015-05-30 17:47
for no. 1 solution is Rh5

0 #44 Yury 2014-08-18 20:08
Thanks everyone who send your solutions!

I want to especially thank David Cox for doing a great job. Now the 'official solutions' are published you can compare your answers. Stay tuned more hard tactics is coming!

+1 #43 David Cox 2014-08-16 10:56
Quoting Edrich Palomo:
Problem 4:
key move is Kc8.

No mate after R:a5

+1 #42 David Cox 2014-08-16 10:54
Quoting Arnulfo:
[quote name="Arnulfo"]Problem #1. 1. Nf2+, Qxf2 2. Qxh7+ Qf5, 3. 3. Qxf5( check mate).

That's 3 moves not 2.

+1 #41 Arnulfo 2014-08-14 23:07
[quote name="Arnulfo"]Problem #1. 1. Nf2+, Qxf2 2. Qxh7+ Qf5, 3. 3. Qxf5( check mate).

+1 #40 Arnulfo 2014-08-14 08:44
Problem #5.1. Rc2+ Qxg8,2. Rxb2+ Bxb2 3. Qxb2#

0 #39 Arnulfo 2014-08-14 08:37
Problem #1. 1. Nf2+, Qxf2 2. Qxf7+ Qf5, 3. 3. Qxf5( check mate).

+1 #38 Arnulfo 2014-08-14 08:32
Problem #3. 1. Nxc4+ Kxf5, 2. Qc2+ Bd3 3. Qxd3+ mate

+1 #37 Arnulfo 2014-08-14 07:51
Problem #2. Qd5+ Nbxd5, Rxc6# mate

+2 #36 Sqalli 2014-08-13 18:29
Problem 1 . what about Nf2 checkmate no ??