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      Checkmate Puzzle 49
checkmate puzzle 49
             Mate in 3
Play as White, White to move.
Akesson R, 2435 - Badelka O, 2309; 25 Jul 2017
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Puzzle 49 solution at the bottom.
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      Checkmate Puzzle 50
checkmate puzzle 50
             Mate in 2
Play as White, White to move.
Tregubov P, 2611 - Sasikiran K, 2677; 12 Dec 2013
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Puzzle 50 solution at the bottom.
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Checkmate Puzzle 49 Solution
checkmate puzzle 49
1. Ng6+ hxg6 2. Rh4+ Kg8 3. Re8#
Beautiful 3-move mate combination with each move having its meaning and purpose. To mate in three, first the White knight checks from g6. The purpose of this move is to open the h-file with disposing the king and to clear f4 with allowing the d4-rook to get on h4. After the first move, the Black pawn has to take the knight. The second move is to check with a rook from h4. The purpose of this move is to place the Black king on g8 for final mating attack. The final third move is to move the second rook on e8. And the purpose of this move is to deliver the discovered check (mate) and to pin the Black f8-rook to prevent its interposing move on f7.
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Checkmate Puzzle 50 Solution
checkmate puzzle 50
1. Rh8+ Kxh8 2. Rf8#
This checkmate puzzle on mate in two is not a difficult one, but it is a good example of a simple mate combination using sacrifice and deflection. To mate in two, White on his first move moves the right rook on h8 to check and sacrifice. The Black king has to take the White rook as the only legal move available. The purpose of the first White move was to place the Black king at the corner and deflect the king from defending f8. The Black king was placed on h8 and the second White rook mates from the safe f8; the h7-square is attacked by the White knight.


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