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      Checkmate Puzzle 53
checkmate puzzle 53
             Mate in 2
Play as White, White to move.
Schott G, 2146 - Kruit E, 1965; 30 Mar 2017
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Puzzle 53 solution at the bottom.
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      Checkmate Puzzle 54
checkmate puzzle 54
             Mate in 2
Play as White, White to move.
Georgiev N, 1574 - Naydenov K, un.; 2 Apr 2017
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Puzzle 54 solution at the bottom.
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 Checkmate Puzzle 53 Solution
checkmate puzzle 53
1. Rd8+ Kc5 2. Rc6#
The left White rook moves on d8 with check, and the Black king has only one legal move to retreat on c5. After this, the second White rook under the support of its bishop delivers mate from c6. The squares b4 and d4 are blocked by 2 Black rooks; the rest squares are attacked by the White pieces.
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 Checkmate Puzzle 54 Solution
checkmate puzzle 54
1. h4+ Kxh4 2. Qh6#
The White h3-pawn moves on h4 with check and sacrifice, and the Black king has to take the pawn on h4 because it is the only possibility and the only legal move. Then the White queen delivers mate from h6 attacking the king along h-file and covering g5. The White rook attacks g3 and defends the pawn on g4.


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