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In this study, the solution is mate in 2.

WHITE to move even though the position suggests it is black to move. It’s a study.

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  1. Tony Pistilli says:

    Zugzwang! Qe4 makes Kg1 black’s only legal move, and then Qe1 is checkmate.

  2. DCLex says:

    1. Qe4 forcing Kg1
    2. Qe1#

  3. Cliff says:

    You almost threw me with this one. The key is that the two black pawns are about to promote.

    1. Qe4 Kg1–this is forced because the pawn on g2 cannot move because it would put the king in check and the other pawn is blocked by the king.
    2. Qe1#

  4. Dustin F, OCDS says:

    1. Qe4 Kg1 (Black’s only legal move with the white queen on that diagonal).
    2. Qe1#

  5. WVC says:

    Took me a little bit to figure it out.

    e4. Black’s only possible move would be g1.
    e1 for the Mate.

  6. PatS says:

    Black King is on the opposite side of the board and G2 pawn is about to queen, but it can’t. White needs a strategic waiting move that won’t allow the G2 pawn to move forward. The only move to win is QE4. Then the KG1, then QE1 for mate.

  7. waalaw says:

    Much asier than usual!

    1. Q-e4 (carefully not releasing her pin)
    …. K-g1 (Black’s only available move)
    2. Q-e1#

  8. Q to d1#. I feel like I’m missing something though since the puzzle is mate in two…

  9. Man, completely misread this one. Didn’t register the imminent promotion. Love this game but it definitely makes me feel like a dodo sometimes!

    [You can say that again! The 64 Squares leave me constantly humiliated. Rather, my mistreatment of them does.]

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