Happy Summer Vacation from Benko!

Kick off the summer with these checkmate puzzles composed by GM Pal Benko. Can you solve all six?

Puzzle #1: Sum

White to move and checkmate in 3 moves.
Show Solution
[pgn][Event "?"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "????.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Puzzle #1"]
[Black "?"]
[Result "*"]
[SetUp "1"]
[FEN "8/6Kp/5Q2/6P1/7N/5Bk1/8/8 w - - 0 1"]
[PlyCount "5"]1. Bh5 Kxh4 2. Qf3 Kxg5 3. Qg4# *[/pgn]
 

Puzzle #2: Vac

White to move and checkmate in 3 moves.
Show Solution
[pgn][Event "?"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "????.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Puzzle #2"]
[Black "?"]
[Result "*"]
[SetUp "1"]
[FEN "8/8/1R3K2/2k1N3/3R4/8/8/8 w - - 0 1"]
[PlyCount "5"]1. Rdb4 Kd5 2. Ke7 $1 Kxe5 3. R6b5# *[/pgn]
 

Puzzle #3: SV1

White to move and checkmate in 2 moves.
Show Solution
[pgn][Event "?"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "????.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Puzzle #3"]
[Black "?"]
[Result "*"]
[SetUp "1"]
[FEN "8/8/8/8/2p5/4p3/1Nk1N3/Q3K3 w - - 0 1"]
[PlyCount "3"]1. Nd3 $1 Kxd3 (1... cxd3 2. Qa2#) (1... Kb3 2. Nd4#) 2. Qb1# *[/pgn]
 

Puzzle #4: SV2

White to move and checkmate in 2 moves.
Show Solution
[pgn][Event "?"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "????.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Puzzle #4"]
[Black "?"]
[Result "*"]
[SetUp "1"]
[FEN "b7/5p2/5R1K/4k2N/8/3Q4/8/8 w - - 0 1"]
[PlyCount "3"]1. Ng3 Bd5 (1... Be4 2. Qd6#) (1... Kxf6 2. Qd6#) 2. Qc3# *[/pgn]
 

Puzzle #5: SV3

White to move and checkmate in 2 moves.
Show Solution
[pgn][Event "?"]
[Site "?"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Puzzle #5"]
[Black "?"]
[Result "*"]
[SetUp "1"]
[FEN "8/4K2B/4pp2/2pPk3/2P1P2R/8/1b6/3Q4 w - - 0 1"]
[PlyCount "3"]1. Qe1 $1 Kd4 (1... Bd4 2. Qg3#) (1... Bc1 2. Qc3#) (1... exd5 2. exd5#) (1... f5
2. exf5#) 2. e5# *[/pgn]
 

Puzzle #6: SV4

White to move and checkmate in 2 moves.
Show Solution
[pgn][Event "?"]
[Site "?"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Puzzle #6"]
[Black "?"]
[Result "*"]
[SetUp "1"]
[FEN "8/8/4B3/1p2B1K1/4k3/4p3/7Q/8 w - - 0 1"]
[PlyCount "3"]1. Qa2 Kd3 (1... e2 2. Qxe2#) (1... Kf3 2. Bd5#) (1... b4 2. Qd5#) 2. Bf5# *[/pgn]

Comments

In reply to by anonymous_stub (not verified)

Awesome problems to challenge the brain! 88-year-old Pal Benko keeps going and going! Each problem was delightful and demonstrated perfect chessboard geometry! I appreciate Chess Life Online publishing the creative work of this great chess legend and artist. Incidentally, several of the world’s great chess trainers recommend solving mate in two problems to develop skill in calculation. “Exercises with mate in two moves are very well suited for training in the art of calculating short variations with great accuracy.” GM Artur Yusupov.

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