Step by Step: Mate #66
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. Also, be sure to subscribe to our Daily Chess Puzzle email.
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
[FEN “rqr5/p7/2p1pk1p/4p1pP/2P3P1/P1N1bP2/1PQ1B1K1/5R2 w – – 0 26”]
White Mates in one
[FEN “rqr5/p5Q1/2p1p2p/6pP/2P1NkP1/P3bP2/1P2B1K1/5R2 w – – 0 29”]
White Mates in two
[FEN “rqr5/p6Q/2p1p2p/4k1pP/2P1N1P1/P3bP2/1P2B1K1/5R2 w – – 0 28”]
White Mates in three
[FEN “rqr5/p6Q/2p1pk1p/6pP/2P1p1P1/P1N1bP2/1P2B1K1/5R2 w – – 0 27”]
Granara,Barreto Sebastian – Beukes,Reuben
Olympiad Bled SLO (2), 27.10.2002
Sicilian Moscow Variation [B51]
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.Bb5+ Nd7 4.c3 a6 5.Ba4 Ngf6 6.d3 g6 7.0-0 Bg7 8.Re1 0-0 9.Bb3 b5 10.d4 Qc7 11.Nbd2 c4 12.Bc2 Nb6 13.Nf1 e5 14.h3 h6 15.Be3 Rd8 16.Qe2 Be6 17.dxe5 dxe5 18.Nxe5 Na4 19.Bxa4 Qxe5 20.Bc2 Nh5 21.Bb6 Rd7 22.Rad1 Qg5 23.Qf3 Rxd1 24.Rxd1 Nf4 25.Be3 Be5 26.Ng3 Qf6 27.Bxf4 Qxf4 28.Qxf4 Bxf4 29.Ne2 Bg5 30.f4 Be7 31.f5 Bc5+ 32.Kf1 gxf5 33.exf5 Bc8 34.Rd8+ Kg7 35.Nf4 Bb7 36.Nh5+ 1-0 [36…Kh7 37.f6+ Be4 38.Bxe4#]
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