Step by Step: Mate #61
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
Slive,Alex (2039) – Williams,Chris (2053)
BCC Championship Somerville, MA USA (4), 29.09.2004
Modern Defense [A42]
1.d4 g6 2.Nf3 Bg7 3.c4 d6 4.Nc3 Nd7 5.e4 e5 6.Be3 Ne7 7.g3 0-0 8.Bg2 f6 9.0-0 exd4 10.Nxd4 Ne5 11.h3 Kh8 12.Qe2 N7c6 13.Rad1 Nxd4 14.Bxd4 Be6 15.b3 Qc8 16.Kh2 f5 17.f4 c5 18.Bg1 Nc6 19.Nb5 fxe4 20.Nxd6 Qc7 21.Bxc5 Nd8 22.Nxe4 Re8 23.Bd6 Qa5 24.Qd2 Qh5 25.Ng5 Bg4 26.Rde1 Rxe1 27.Rxe1 Nc6 28.Qd5 Bf6 29.Qf7 Bxg5 30.Re8+ 1-0 [30…Rxe8 31.Qxe8+ Kg7 32.Qf8#]
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