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.

Pulitzer vs George Marco

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

Romantic Chess.

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Solution & Comments

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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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

Solution & Comments

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

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Steinitz vs Trenchard

Wilhelm Steinitz vs. David Sands, New York, 1887

r2qrb2/p1pn1Qp1/1p4Nk/4PR2/3n4/7N/P5PP/R6K w - - 0 1

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Steinitz vs Sands

Wilhelm Steinitz vs. David Sands, New York, 1887
White to move and wins in 2.

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