My Answer to, “What is one of the hardest mate in 2 puzzles?”

Originally answered on Quora here: http://qr.ae/DyvkB

One of my favorite composers of chess problems is the late Gyorgy Bakcsi. Gyorgy astounds me with how he was able to take a simple premise, such as a forced mate in two, and turn it into a source of such beautiful complexity. Below is one of my favorite “mate in two” problems composed by Gyorgy. I have committed this position to memory and regularly use to stump even the most experienced solvers. Enjoy…

Source: De Waarheid, 1984
Author: Gyorgy Bakcsi


White to move, mate in 2.


There are no extra pieces in the universe. Everyone is here because he or she has a place to fill, and every piece must fit itself into the big jigsaw puzzle.-Deepak Chopra

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6 thoughts on “My Answer to, “What is one of the hardest mate in 2 puzzles?”

  1. Promote pawn on c-file to knight, black takes your queen or something random, and you can checkmate with Nbd6 or Ncd6. Nice one.

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