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      Checkmate Puzzle 65
checkmate puzzle 65
             Mate in 2
Play as White, White to move.
Bruzon Bautista L, 2470 - Willemze T, unr; 3 Nov 1998
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Puzzle 65 solution at the bottom.
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      Checkmate Puzzle 66
checkmate puzzle 66
             Mate in 2
Play as White, White to move.
Wojtaszek R, 2597 - Lima D, 2489; 31 May 2006
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Puzzle 66 solution at the bottom.
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 Checkmate Puzzle 65 Solution
checkmate puzzle 65
1. Ne7+ Nxe7 2. Qh7#
This mate puzzle has the only solution, and its checkmate pattern is connected with sacrifice and deflection. Let's see... To begin the mate in 2 combination, the White knight moves on e7 to check and to be sacrificed. The right Black knight has to accept the sacrifice on e7 by taking it - because this is the only legal move for Black. By sacrificing the knight on his first move, White deflected the Black knight from g6, clearing the above square to open the attack line e4-h7 for the White queen... Now on his second move, White moves the queen on h7 to complete mate in 2. Sacrifice to deflect and clear the mating line.
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 Checkmate Puzzle 66 Solution
checkmate puzzle 66
1. Rxf7+ Rxf7 2. Qh8# [1... Kg8 2. Qg7#]
This mate puzzle has 2 solutions, and its checkmate pattern is also connected with sacrifice and deflection. Let's see... To begin the mate in 2 combination, the White f-rook moves on f7 to capture the pawn, to check, to cover g7 (if not taken), and to be sacrificed... Black has 2 options: 1... Rxf7 and 1... Kg8. In the first variation, White mates by 2. Qh8#. In the second variation - by 2. Qg7#. By moving the rook on his first move: 1. White cleared f6 for the White queen to attack along the line d4-h8; 2. White moved his rook to cover g7; 3. White cleared f8 from the Black rook (if sacrifice is accepted) to open the second attack line e8-h8...


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