Two

Mate-in-two chess puzzles.

Monterinas vs Euwe

Monterinas vs Max Euwe, Amsterdam, 1927
Euwe (black) moves and wins in 2.

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Akekhine vs Fahardo

Alexander Alekhine vs Fahardo, Montevideo, 1939
Alekhine (white) to move and wins in 2.

4r3/pbpn2n1/1p1prp1k/8/2PP2PB/P5N1/2B2R1P/R5K1 w - - 1 0

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Paul Morphy vs. Duke of Brunswick & Count Isouard, Paris,1858

Paul Morphy vs. Duke of Brunswick & Count Isouard, Paris,1858

The game took place at the Paris Opera, during a show with Norma by Vicenzo Bellini.

White to move and win in 2.

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Thacker vs Robert Fischer

Thacker vs Robert Fischer, USA, 1957 – a beautiful example of underpromotion.

2r2r2/6kp/3p4/3P4/4Pp2/5P1P/PP1pq1P1/4R2K b - - 0 1

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Pulitzer vs George Marco

White Mates in 2. Pulitzer vs George Marco, Vienna, 1900

Romantic Chess.

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Gaprindashvili vs Richtrova

Nona Gaprindashvili vs. Eliska Richtrova, Wuppertal, 1990
White to move. Mate in 2.

1r3rk1/1pnnq1bR/p1pp2B1/P2P1p2/1PP1pP2/2B3P1/5PK1/2Q4R w - - 0 1

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