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Chess Tactics: Study 1 - Mate in 2 E-mail
Written by Yury Markushin   
Friday, 06 May 2011 18:02

solve tacticsI have written previously that tactics is a very important part of chess. In fact many chess games are being resolved due to some form of tactics: sacrifice, fork, pin, double attack, skewer, etc. Therefore, regularly practicing tactics will not only allow you to play better attacking chess, but will also make you see things your opponent is planning to do and hopefully to prevent it. You already may know that it is possible to solve tactical problems on this website by going here; these are pretty straightforward positions which are not very hard to solve.

The problems posted below are not exactly your ordinary tactical puzzles. The main difference is that you need to find the way to mate in the specified number of moves. Many of them are really easy to solve without this limitation. But they are very hard to solve in required number of moves, so our goal is to obey this rule. This week’s tactical studies will only include “mate in 2” problems. If you think it’s too easy, think again.  The solutions and next 7 problems will be posted next week. Good Luck.


#1 S. Lloyd "Sunny South" 1885. White to move and mate in 2.

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#2 A. Galitsky "Niva" 1905. White to move and mate in 2.

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#3 L. Cubel "Narodni Listy" 1903 White to move and mate in 2.

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#4 M. Marble, G.Battman "Pittsburg Gassete Times" 1915. White to move and mate in 2.

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#5 G. Vennink "Good Campanion" 1917. White to move and mate in 2.

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#6 P. Leopold "Deutshe Schachzeitung" 1923. White to move and mate in 2.

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#7 A. Kramer "Bohumer Anzeiger" 1926. White to move and mate in 2.

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    0 #7 rushang 2015-01-31 01:20
    Quoting maurice:
    sorry Mustapha,#1 wrong.....The correct answer is...1.Bg8+ Rxg8 2.Qh6#

    Bg8+ then Kh8
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    0 #6 maurice 2014-11-26 11:53
    sorry Mustapha,#1 wrong.....The correct answer is...1.Bg8+ Rxg8 2.Qh6#
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    0 #5 nitehawk 2014-08-21 06:56
    for god`s sake at least give FEN for these problems!!! Thanks anyway.
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    +1 #4 Yury 2011-05-13 18:24
    New problems are up. The "official" answers will be posted shortly for set 1.
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    +2 #3 Swayams 2011-05-10 22:25
    Mustapha has got all correct, but puzzle 5 needs correction-- 1.Qc4 and for Bc6 he has 2.Qb4 mate.. I have a book on 2 move mates, its more tough and difficult then 3-4 movers.. :)
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    0 #2 Yury 2011-05-07 20:42
    Good Job, Mustapha. I will try to bring something harder as a prize for you (next week it'll be).

    I will not disclose the "answers" just yet ;)
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    +2 #1 Mustapha 2011-05-07 01:22
    I've solved all. Any prize for me?
    puzzle #1.
    1.Qa8 Rg7 2.Qh1# OR 1...any other move and Queen mates on g8.

    puzzle #2.
    1.Rd2 Kf4 2.Rf2# OR 1...any Bishop Move 2.Qf1#

    puzzle #3 and #4
    1.Qe8 c6 2.Qh5# OR 1...cxd6 2.Rh5# OR 1...C5 2.Qe4# OR 1...Kc5/cxb6 2.Qb5#

    puzzle #5
    1.Qf5 Bc6 2.Qg5# OR 1...c6 2.Qe5# OR 1...c5 2.e6# OR 1...Bd5 Qxd5# OR 1...Any other Bishop move 2.Qxc7#

    puzzle #6
    1.Qh7 f5/f6 2.Qa7# OR 1...Kg1 2.Bc5# OR 1...g1 = N 2.Qh2# OR 1...g1=Q/B/R 2.Qc2#

    puzzle #7 (the easiest coz there's only 1 branch)
    1.Rc8 Kxg3 2.Qc7#

    Bring 3 to 4 move maters these ones are too easy even though they are well constructed
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