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Written by Yury Markushin
Wednesday, 27 August 2014 00:00

Today we present the second part of the 5 Hardest Mate-in-2 Ever. Many readers were able to find the correct solutions for the first 5 problems. We have increased the difficulty of the previous problems and published some mate-in-3 problems.That turned out to be more difficult, so here it is, we're back to mate in 2 again. Give it a try.

## Problem 1: E. Palkoska, "Tidskrift", 1907

White to move and mate in 2

## Problem 2: T. Zelthause, "London Globe", 1911

White to move and mate in 2

## Problem 3: E. Marten, "Deutsches Wochenschach", 1907

White to move and mate in 2

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 27 August 2014 08:57

0 #18 Marty 2015-07-01 07:59
Quoting Brian:
Problem 3 proves to be a challenge becuase of threat of Bg3e5 i do not see a 2 move to mate

re2 Bg3e5+ where is mate in 1
rg2 Bf4 or Bg3e5+ where is mate in 1
i see mate in 4

Rg2 Be5+ Rd4#

-2 #17 Marty 2015-07-01 07:59
Problem 1: Qb5 axb e8=Q++ (...Ke5 Qe2++) (...Kxf7 e8=Q++) (...Kxe7 Qe8++)
Problem 2: c8=N+! Nxc8 bxc8=N++
Problem 3: Rg2! Be5+ Rd4++ (Bf4 Rg5++) (Bb8 c7 d6 or h2 Re4++)

0 #16 Brian 2015-05-29 11:39
Problem 3 proves to be a challenge becuase of threat of Bg3e5 i do not see a 2 move to mate

re2 Bg3e5+ where is mate in 1
rg2 Bf4 or Bg3e5+ where is mate in 1
i see mate in 4

-1 #15 Brian 2015-05-29 10:53
Forced mate in 2 not a blunder in 2
Problem 1 Qb8! no mater what black does either E7Q++ or F7Q++
Problem 2 Ne6d8! pins king nothing black can do to stop f7Q++
Problem 3 proves to be a challenge becuase of threat of Bg3e5 i do not see a 2 move to mate

-1 #14 Dikshant 2015-05-21 12:26
Quoting P.K.Rajendhran:
The solution for3 is as follows.
1.Re2...2.Rh4(not Rd4 as found in review) dis ch mates.

Thra safe place for black king is g5,g6

0 #13 Dikshant 2015-05-21 12:18
For problem 1.
I dnt understand,why ppls answering foolish..If queen move to d8,c6 or other place then black king can capture the white pawn at f7 n then run thru g6 n furthr..the correct answer is Qf8 n then nxt move new queen at e8.

-1 #12 Peter G. Belderol 2015-05-21 06:26
Quoting Edrich:
Quoting mt:
In problem 1, there's no mate-in-2. Only in 3.

1. Qb8 Ba4
2. e8=Q Bxe8
3. Qxe8#

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oh really?
1. Qc6+. . any move by black is mate in 2

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Qc6+ can be refuted. . Qb5 is the move, enabling the white queen to shift to e2+ should the black king moves to e5 providing the bishop cover at e6 if the e-pawn queens and check

-1 #11 Dr.Nachiket 2015-05-21 02:08
Problem 1
Qd8 and mate next move

-4 #10 Edrich 2014-09-02 01:19
Quoting mt:
In problem 1, there's no mate-in-2. Only in 3.

1. Qb8 Ba4
2. e8=Q Bxe8
3. Qxe8#

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oh really?
1. Qc6+. . any move by black is mate in 2

-4 #9 P.K.Rajendhran 2014-08-30 23:24
The solution for3 is as follows.
1.Re2...2.Rh4(not Rd4 as found in review) dis ch mates.