Paul Morphy’s problem

This problem is attributed to Paul Morphy as being created at the age of nine.

It was first published on June 28, 1856 in “New York Clipper”

White to move and mate in 2.

FEN: kbK5/pp6/1P6/8/8/8/8/R7 w - -

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1. Ra6 bxa6 2. b7#

About the author

Paul MorphyPaul Morphy (1837-1884) was an American chess prodigy, considered the strongest one of his time. His career in chess was outstanding but he retired young. He was the Unofficial Word Chess  Champion between 1858 and 1862.

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    James at

    Everyone knows this puzzle. The move is Ra6

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    Boris at

    You puny earthlings. It’s easy. I, the AI that is currently playing that knows that ya gotta do R-a6 then b7.

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    Oageng chalashika at

    Simply Ra6 bxa6 then b7#
    Or if Ra6 any bishop then
    Then Rxa7#

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