Checkmate Puzzles 17 and 18

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      Checkmate Puzzle 17
checkmate puzzle 17
             Mate in 2
Play as White, White to move.
Carlsen M, 2853 - Karjakin S, 2772; 30 Nov 2016
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Puzzle 17 solution at the bottom.
See next Checkmate Puzzle 18



      Checkmate Puzzle 18
checkmate puzzle 18
             Mate in 2
Play as White, White to move.
Naiditsch A, 2686 - Jeitz C, 2173; 6 Nov 2016
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Puzzle 18 solution at the bottom.





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Checkmate Puzzle 17 Solution
checkmate puzzle 17
1. Qh6+ gxh6 2. Rxf7# [1... Kxh6 2. Rh8#]
The famous Champion Mate 2016. This checkmate helped Grandmaster Magnus Carlsen to keep his title of World Chess Champion for another 2 years: Queen sacrifice with check to open line f7-h7 or deflect the king from h8 for a mating rook.



Checkmate Puzzle 18 Solution
checkmate puzzle 18
1. Qxh7+ Kxh7 2. Re3#
A typical checkmate combination... The White knight attacks g7; g6, g8 are blocked; the queen is ready for sacrifice; a White rook is around to attack along the h-file... Queen sacrifice to remove king defense and open the h-file for mating rook.


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