You are a clever bunch! It didn’t take long for the double-header from last week to be solved, despite the apparent “fiendishness” of the second one. Props to the following individuals:
Adam Cranston – puzzle 2
John White – puzzle 1
For the first puzzle, as Black is threatening mate in one, White has to keep giving check. The theme is smothered mate:
1. Be4+, Rb7
2. Qb8!+, Rxb8
3. Rxa7+ Bxa7,
The pin established with the first move means the Knight can’t be taken. This is a very old composition, by the Syrian Phillip Stamma, first published in his “Essai sur le jeu des echecs”, 1737! Later translated into English as “The Noble Game of Chess”.
Puzzle 2 – quite simple:
1. Qxh2+ Kxh2
2. Rh7+ Qh5
A bit of drama with a Queen sacrifice, but mate is then unavoidable.
So to this week’s puzzle – quite a good one, if I say so myself.
White has just played Rh2-h3 with the plan Rg3 followed by Bxh6. Why was that a bad idea? Black to move and win!
Same as usual – solutions in the comments please! Good luck!