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      Checkmate Puzzle 71
checkmate puzzle 71
             Mate in 2
Play as White, White to move.
Gukesh D, 2323 - Mishra N, 2301; 8 Oct 2017
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Puzzle 71 solution at the bottom.
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      Checkmate Puzzle 72
checkmate puzzle 72
             Mate in 2
Play as White, White to move.
Bisguier A B, 2365 - Geisler F, 2290; 1991
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Puzzle 72 solution at the bottom.
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 Checkmate Puzzle 71 Solution
checkmate puzzle 71
1. Bf7 Nc7 2. Bg7# [1... Rc7 2. Rg8#]
This chess puzzle on mate in 2 has two variations and two solutions. First, White makes a brilliant move with his light bishop on f7. By moving his bishop on f7, White has attacked g8 and has created 2 mate threats: 2. Bg7# and 2. Rh8#. The Black knight is attacking the g7-square, but it is shadowing its rook - Black is not able to repulse the both mating threats of White in one move.
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 Checkmate Puzzle 72 Solution
checkmate puzzle 72
1. Re8+ Kxe8 2. Qd8#
This puzzle has the only solution. To mate in 2, first White sacrifices the e7-rook by moving it on e8 to deliver check. After being checked, the Black king has the only legal answer - to accept the sacrifice and take the rook. It is so because the g7-square was attacked by the White queen at check. To mate, White moves his queen on d8... What was the aim of sacrificing the White rook on the first move?


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