Checkmate Puzzles 25 and 26

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      Checkmate Puzzle 25
checkmate puzzle 25
             Mate in 4
Play as White, White to move.
Spoelman W, 2584 - Agrest E, 2593; 11 Jan 2017
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Puzzle 25 solution at the bottom.
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      Checkmate Puzzle 26
checkmate puzzle 26
             Mate in 4
Play as White, White to move.
Harikrishna P, 2766 - Adhiban B, 2653; 15 Jan 2017
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Puzzle 26 solution at the bottom.
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Checkmate Puzzle 25 Solution
checkmate puzzle 25
1. Qd8+ Rf8 2. Qd5+ Kh8 3. Qh5+ Kg8 4. Qh7#
[2... Rf7 3. Qxf7+ Kh8 4. Qe8# (Qf8#)]
The Black pawn blocks the square g7; and f7, h7 are attacked by the White pawn on g6. The queen must begin from d8 -- not from b8 or c8. After 1. Qd8+, Black has Rf8 to interpose the king. This is a queen check maneuver to get on h7 to mate.
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Checkmate Puzzle 26 Solution
checkmate puzzle 26
1. Rg6+ Kxh4 2. Rh1+ Bh3 3. Rg3 ~ 4. Rhxh3#
[1... Kh5 2. Nf4+ Kxh4 3. Rh1+ Bh3 4. Rxh3#]
After 1. Rg6+, the Black king may go only to the side h-file, with one of 2 possible moves Kxh4 or Kh5 -- see variations 1 and 2. White runs for a linear rook mate. Pay attention to the White move 3. Rg3 to break down the interposing bishop.


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