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.

 

Puzzle #2: Vac

White to move and checkmate in 3 moves.

 

Puzzle #3: SV1

White to move and checkmate in 2 moves.

 

Puzzle #4: SV2

White to move and checkmate in 2 moves.

 

Puzzle #5: SV3

White to move and checkmate in 2 moves.

 

Puzzle #6: SV4

White to move and checkmate in 2 moves.

Comments

  1. 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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