Puzzle of the Week #002

The results are in – they’ve been checked, double-checked, scrutinized to death, and independently verified. We can now proudly announce that the Winner of our first Puzzle of the Week is….

Matteo Bezzini

Well done Matteo!! Full puzzle and solution below. It was a great puzzle to start with, and easy to overlook Black’s pawn on the g-file, poised for promotion.

Solution: 1.Be6+ Kh7 2.Bg8+ Kh8 3.Bb3+ Kh7 4.Rxb7+ Kh8 5.Rb8+ Kh7 6.Bg8+ Kh8 7.Rxb1, then mate is inevitable.

This week, we bring you two puzzles – the first of which is fiendishly tricky and may take you a while to figure out.

The second is a little more straightforward.

It’s White to move in both, and the target is Checkmate. As always, first to leave the correct solution takes the plaudits – good luck!

Puzzle 1 – fiendish!
Puzzle 2 – a little easier!


7 thoughts on “Puzzle of the Week #002”

    1. Adam
      I like this variation
      Board wrong way round is confusing
      Bd5 Rg2, Qg1+ RxQ, Rh2+B X h2, Nf2 mate.
      Reason in your variation B can take Queen

      1. Yes I had assumed it was the wrong way round!

        Good point about the queen in before the rook, looks like you’ve got this one John.

  1. Ah, my mistake, the co-ordinates are the wrong way round, obviously bottom left should be a1 and top right should be h8.

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