It’s White to play and checkmate in two moves.

This puzzle was created by Frank Healey, and published in 5 Family Herald on 7/17/1858.

7R/1B1N4/8/3r4/1K2k3/8/5Q2/8 w - - 0 1

Use the fact that the rook is pinned, and that the king has few squares left; I'm thinking that 1.Rd8 Kd3 (only possible move) 2.Nc5# should be the solution.

[White "NN"]
[Black "NN"]
[FEN "7R/1B1N4/8/3r4/1K2k3/8/5Q2/8 w - - 0 1"]

1.Rd8 Kd3 2.Nc5#  

Black is not in check, but still only has one move:

Check mate.


Move the rook onto the same row as the king, king moves to the only possible square, checkmate by moving the bishop to a6?

  1. Rh4, Kd3 2. Ba6#
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    2. Ba6+ isn't a checkmate, Black can reply with 2...Rb5+. – JiK Jan 22 '18 at 14:20

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