Chess puzzle

Puzzle No. 684

8 January 2022

9:00 AM

8 January 2022

9:00 AM

White to play. Abdusattorov–Rakhmatullaev, Uzbek Championship 2021. How did White deliver a pretty mate in two moves? Answers should be emailed to chess@spectator.co.uk by Tuesday 10 January. There is a prize of £20 for the first correct answer out of a hat. Please include a postal address and allow six weeks for prize delivery.

Last week’s solution 1 h8=R! Then 1…h2 2 Ra8 Kg1 3 Ra1#, or 1…Kg1 2 Rxh3 Kf1 3 Rh1# or 1…Kh2 2 Kf2 Kh1 3 Rxh3# But not 1 h8=Q Kg1 2 Qxh3 with stalemate.

Last week’s winner Jonathan Goddard, Southampton

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