Some of the most brilliant chess puzzles involve material sacrifice for the sake of the mate. Here however, the sacrifice is not merely needed to mate but in fact to avoid loss. One wrong move, and the outcome is completely out of your hands.
This particular mate in two managed to confound me for a couple of hours. I am sure if you give it a shot, you will soon see why!
An equally ingenious and absurd chess puzzle by William L. Barclay from Chess Life and Review. White to move and mate in 2 (William L. Barclay, Chess Life and Review, 1972.)
White to move and mate in 3 (puzzle by Sigmund Herland, Revista Romana de Sah, 1937).
Today’s chess position comes from GM Hikaru Nakamura vs Anish Giri, 2012 FIDE Grand Prix (London, England.) Giri (black) has just played 46… Be5. What does Nakamura (white) play for move 47?
White to move and win. (Hint: Bishop domination is the key strategy.)
White to move and mate in 7 (Aron Nimzowitsch, My System).
White to move and draw (D. Lolly, 1763).
White to move and win!
The famous Saavedra Position. White to move and win!
White to move and win.
White to move and win! (H. Rinck, Deutche Schachzeitung, 1912)
White to move and mate in 2.
White to move and mate in three (Samuel Loyd, 1863).
White to move and mate in 4! (Wolfgang Pauly, Schweizerische Schachzeitung, September 1920)
White to move and mate in 4 (Фомичёв, Евгений Васильевич & Феоктистов, Александр Фёдорович, Melnichenko MT 2009).
White to move and mate in 2(Hyacinth Agnel, 1868).
White to move and win (Platov, 1903). Stumped! Perhaps you would benefit from a free introductory lesson ($40 value) with Chris Torres on Wyzant. Claim your free lesson today. Just use Coach Chris’ link: https://is.gd/u5bIVd
Black looks close to victory but white has one saving combination. White to move and mate in 7 (Giambattista Lolli – N.N., Italy 1763.)
White to move and mate in 3 (C.S. Kipping, Manchester City News, 1911).