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      Checkmate Puzzle 73
checkmate puzzle 73
             Mate in 3
Play as White, White to move.
Aronian L, 2750 - Grischuk A, 2726; 13 Sep 2007
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Puzzle 73 solution at the bottom.
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      Checkmate Puzzle 74
checkmate puzzle 74
             Mate in 3
Play as White, White to move.
Alekhine A - Meck K; 1925
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Puzzle 74 solution at the bottom.
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 Checkmate Puzzle 73 Solution
checkmate puzzle 73
1. Nf6+ Bxf6 2. Rg7+ Kf8 3. h8=Q#
This puzzle is taken from a game of top-rated chess players: Grandmaster Levon Aronian rated 2750 plays as White against Grandmaster Alexander Grischuk rated 2726. This beautiful checkmate in 3 will help you learn 2 winning ideas in chess... To begin, White delivers check with sacrifice by moving his knight on f6 - and the Black bishop has to take the knight. By having checked and sacrificed, White unblocks his h7-pawn to promote it later on... On his second move, White moves the rook on g7 to deliver the discovered check and to "shadow" the promotion square on h8 - the Black king has to step on f8. At last, White promotes the pawn and mates.
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 Checkmate Puzzle 74 Solution
checkmate puzzle 74
1. Bg6++ Kxg6 2. Qxg5+ Kf7 3. Qe7# [2... Kh7 3. Qg4#(Qg5#)]
This puzzle is taken from a chess game which was played in 1925 by the famous Alexander Alekhine, the fourth World Chess Champion: He had played as White. This beautiful mate in 3 will also help you learn how to save a major piece for mating attack, by sacrificing a minor one ... Have a look at the position - the White queen is being attacked by the g5-pawn. If the queen steps aside on g4, it must be a draw. How to save the queen and mate? What is the way out?.. The way out is a double check (Think why). To begin, White moves his bishop on g6 to deliver double check and save the queen - the Black king has take the bishop. Then, the White queen checks from g5 and mates on the third move as shown in the solution above.


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