Checkmate Puzzles 41 and 42

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      Checkmate Puzzle 41
checkmate puzzle 41
             Mate in 2
Play as White, White to move.
Nikolic P, 2606 - Heinemann T, 2459; 7 Feb 2016
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Puzzle 41 solution at the bottom.
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      Checkmate Puzzle 42
checkmate puzzle 42
             Mate in 3
Play as White, White to move.
Jones G, 2625 - Carlsson P, 2430; 27 Jan 2016
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Puzzle 42 solution at the bottom.
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Checkmate Puzzle 41 Solution
checkmate puzzle 41
1. Bf1+ Kb6 2. Qc7# [1... Ka4 2. Qa3#]
The White rook attacks c6, c5, c4, and the White queen b4. White moves the bishop on f1 to check and attack the square b5. Now the Black king has 2 moves to retreat on b6 or a4 -- the queen mates from c7 or a3 supported by rook or pawn.
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Checkmate Puzzle 42 Solution
checkmate puzzle 42
1. Qh7+ Kf8 2. Qh8+ Bxh8 3. Rxh8#
After 1. Qh7+, the Black king has only one square to retreat on f8. How to checkmate the Black king within the 2 next moves? White sacrifices the queen on h8 to remove the Black bishop and deliver mate on the third move from h8 using a rook.


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