I used to be a problem composer and the thing I loved most about creating and solving chess problems is that you can't just rely on simple patterns. You need to think outside the box. This is one of my earlier chess problems. Can you solve it?

White to move and mate in 2

[fen "3BB1N1/QKp3pb/7p/5R1R/3br1k1/7N/4P2P/6n1 w - - 0 1"]

Good luck!



1) Rf8 Ba7 2)Rh4#


1) Rf8 g5 2) Nh6#

Fun puzzle.

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  • Why not 1. Rf1? – Dag Oskar Madsen Jun 6 '16 at 23:25
  • Now I see, because 1... Bf2. – Dag Oskar Madsen Jun 6 '16 at 23:26
  • Wow, that was quick! Well done :) – Adnan Jun 6 '16 at 23:29
  • These type of puzzles sometimes need a waiting move. – Aaron M Jun 6 '16 at 23:31
  • I first thought the solution was the ugly 1. Qxd4, but then luckily black has 1... Nxh3. I guess the value of a good problem is also in the alternative tries. – Dag Oskar Madsen Jun 6 '16 at 23:35

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