Step by Step: Mate #60
By Mark Donlan
Step by Step: Mate is designed to test and improve your visualization skills. The premise is simple, try solving for mate from the first diagram. For best results, set the position up on the board and think for as long as you need without moving the pieces. If you are unable to solve for mate, refer to the diagrams below in which you can solve Step by Step for mate in one, mate in two, etc.
You can also print out this page and use it as a workbook exercise in a classroom setting. Spaces are provided for answers to be written; occasionally there will be positions that allow for two similar moves from the defender.
Solve for White to Mate
White mates in one
White mates in two
White mates in three
Zhang Pengxiang (2562) – Nguyen Anh Dung (2496)
FS02 GM Budapest (5), 09.02.2000
Ruy Lopez [C77]
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.d3 Bc5 6.c4 0-0 7.0-0 d6 8.Bxc6 bxc6 9.Nc3 h6 10.Be3 Bxe3 11.fxe3 Re8 12.Qa4 Bd7 13.Qa5 Qb8 14.c5 Ra7 15.b3 Qd8 16.Ne2 Ng4 17.Qd2 a5 18.Rac1 Qb8 19.Ng3 Qb4 20.Qe2 a4 21.bxa4 d5 22.Nh4 d4 23.Rc4 Qa3 24.exd4 exd4 25.Nhf5 Ne5 26.Rxd4 Qxc5 27.Kh1 Bxf5 28.Nxf5 g6 29.Qf2 Kh7 30.Nh4 Rea8 31.Qb2 Rb8 32.Qxb8 Qxd4 33.Qf8 Rxa4 34.Nxg6 Ng4 35.Rxf7+ Kxg6 36.Qg8+
36…Kh5 37.Rf5+ Kh4 38.g3+ 1-0 [38…Kh3 39.Rh5#]
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