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      Checkmate Puzzle 39
checkmate puzzle 39
             Mate in 2
Play as White, White to move.
Vasques A, 2333 - Ferreira L, 2117; 8 Feb 2017
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Puzzle 39 solution at the bottom.
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      Checkmate Puzzle 40
checkmate puzzle 40
             Mate in 2
Play as White, White to move.
Derakhshani D, 2373 - Dantas C, 2159; 9 Feb 2017
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Puzzle 40 solution at the bottom.
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Checkmate Puzzle 39 Solution
checkmate puzzle 39
1. Rxa7+ Kxa7 2. Qa6#
The White rook takes the pawn on a7 with check and sacrifice to dispose and draw the Black king one square down. The Black rook behind the king blocks the square b8. The square being blocked and the king down, White mates by 2. Qa6#.
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Checkmate Puzzle 40 Solution
checkmate puzzle 40
1. Rd6+ cxd6 2. Rxd6#
All squares around the Black king are blocked or attacked. The Black king has nowhere to move. The square d6 is supported by a White pawn but also guarded by a Black. Mate in 2 moves: The first rook is sacrificed at d6 and the second mates.


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