I'm looking at this problem.

[Title "White to move. Mate in three"]
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[fen "5rb1/1p1P1pbr/1p5p/5N/PP2k/1Np3QB/6K/8 b - - 0 1"]

It requires white to mate in three. The accepted solution starts with 1. Kf1. But there seems to be a mate in 2 via 1. Ne7 and then 2. Bf5.

Am I missing something? If the mate in 2 is correct, is it common/normal for a problem to request a mate in 3 when a mate in 2 is available?

  • This problem is from the book "200 ausgewählte Schachaufgaben von O. Fuss und F. Möller, 1939" and is correct (computer tested, WinChloe ID=220207), keymove 1.Kf1! Jul 14, 2020 at 15:35

1 Answer 1


After 1.Ne7 Black has 1...f5, stopping the immediate 2.Bf5#.

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    It had to be something simple. Thanks a lot! Apr 26, 2020 at 13:07

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