[FEN "5rk1/2Q2ppp/p7/2P5/1p6/1B5P/Pq2nPP1/3R1K2 w - - 0 1"]

White, to move, gives checkmate in two moves. Can anyone find the solution?

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    To the downvoters: a comment to explain what's wrong might be useful to educate new users and help retaining them. May 19, 2018 at 8:18
  • @FedericoPoloni Indeed. It's not always obvious. In this case, however, it is obvious. The problem is so trivial as to be a complete waste of time.
    – Brian Towers
    May 19, 2018 at 9:54
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    @BrianTowers It seems like a reasonable question for a beginner. Is there a rule that beginner questions are frowned upon here? This doesn't seem much more trivial than, for instance, chess.stackexchange.com/questions/18848/king-move-to-other-side or chess.stackexchange.com/questions/16427/… . May 19, 2018 at 10:25
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    @FedericoPoloni I'm not sure that it is reasonable. It's obviously taken from a book, with no attribution. There's no question other than the implied find the move, which any engine can give you immediately.
    – Herb
    May 19, 2018 at 11:57
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    I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it is not a question, but more of a social media post
    – Ywapom
    May 19, 2018 at 23:56

1 Answer 1


The solution is

1.Qxf7+. If Kh8, then Qxf8#. And if Rxf7, then Rd8# - the rook cannot block because it is pinned by the bishop.

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