Sam Loyd Chess Puzzle: Spot Checkmate in Two

Here is a checkmate in two by chess composer Sam Loyd (1841-1911). Samuel Loyd (January 30, 1841 – April 10, 1911), born in Philadelphia and raised in New York, was an American chess player, chess composer, puzzle author, and recreational mathematician. As a chess composer, he authored a number of chess problems, often with interesting themes. At his peak, Loyd was one of the best chess players in the U.S., and was ranked 15th in the world. So, White to play and checkmate in two?




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[…] 1.¥e8 £xe8

(1…¢xe8 2.£c8# (0:00:02) 1…Kxe8)
(1…£xg5 2.£xb8# (0:00:01) 1…Qxg5)
(1…¤d7 2.£xd7# (0:00:00) 1…Nd7)
(1…e5 2.£xb8# (0:00:02) 1…e5)

2.¤xe6# (0:00:11) 1. (0:00:18) 1.Be8 (0:00:00)

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