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[FEN "5B2/3p1n2/R2p4/1P1NRBQ1/1KPkrb2/1p6/2Pp1Pn1/4r3 w - - 0 1"]

1. Nc7! Rxe5 (1... Nxg5) (1... d1=Q) 2.c3#

What would make you play Nc7? This results in checkmate in 2 if, as the computer does, Rxe5 is played. But why wouldn't the computer just play Nxg5, winning the queen and preventing checkmate? Or why not play to d1 and promote to a queen?

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What would make you play Nc7?

It is the only move with which White can give check mate in two moves.

This results in checkmate in 2 if, as the computer does, Rxe5 is played, but why wouldn't the computer just play Nxg5, winning the queen and preventing checkmate?

On 1. ...Nxg5 White plays 2.Rd5 which check mates.

Or d1 and promote to a queen?

On 1. ...d1Q White plays 2.Rd5 which check mates.

SUMMARY:

1.Nc7 has been played to free the rook on e5 to give check mate, by coming to d5.

This is why computer played 1. ...Rxe5, since on every Black's move 2.Rd5 check mates, except for these:

1. ...Ne3 but then White mates with 2.Rxe4.

1. ...Nxe5 where White mates with 2.Rxd6.

1. ...Bxe5 where White mates with 2.Qxd2.

1. ...dxe5 where White mates with 2.Bc5.

1. ...Kxe5 where White mates with 2.Bg7.

Best regards.

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  • You forgot the most important thing ;-), i.e. that this is a chess problem, which simply has different rules than an OTB game (for this example, the problem asks not for any win, but for the unique 2#). This usually confuses the novice. – Hauke Reddmann Mar 4 at 10:33

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