Two

Mate-in-two chess puzzles.

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.

4kb1r/p2n1ppp/4q3/4p1B1/4P3/1Q6/PPP2PPP/2KR4 w k - 1 0

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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

Solution & Comments

Pulitzer vs George Marco

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

Romantic Chess.

r2k2nr/pp1b1Q1p/2n4b/3N4/3q4/3P4/PPP3PP/4RR1K w - - 0 1

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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

Solution & Comments

Tal vs Benko

Mikhail Tal vs. Pal Benko, Bled, 1959
White moves and wins in 2.

1r3k2/2n1p1b1/3p2QR/p1pq1pN1/bp6/7P/2P2PP1/4RBK1 w - - 0 1

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Schwartz vs Samsonov

Schwartz vs. Samsonov, Heidelberg, 1908
White to move. Mate in 2.

r2q1k1r/ppp1bB1p/2np4/6N1/3PP1bP/8/PPP5/RNB2RK1 w - - 0 1

Solution & Comments