Mate in 2 chess puzzles

Play and learn mate-in-two-moves chess puzzles. You’ll find hints, solutions and historical details for each puzzle.

Cristina Iosif vs Almira Skripchenko

4r1k1/pQ3pp1/7p/4q3/4r3/P7/1P2nPPP/2BR1R1K b - - 0 1

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Isaias Pleci vs Lucius Endzelins

Isaias Pleci (Argentina) vs Lucius Endzelins (Estonia) Buenos Aires 1939

r4R2/1b2n1pp/p2Np1k1/1pn5/4pP1P/8/PPP1B1P1/2K4R w - - 1 0

Solution & Comments

Monterinas vs Euwe

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

7r/p3ppk1/3p4/2p1P1Kp/2Pb4/3P1QPq/PP5P/R6R b - - 0 1

Solution & Comments

Alekhine 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

Solution & Comments

Paul Morphy vs. Duke of Brunswick

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

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