When I first saw this problem, I thought it had to be a mate in two considering all the heavy material White has, but it’s a mate in three.
We haven’t done endgames in a while, so here’s one for you. A hint: if 1.c5, Black will play 1…Bb1 to get to e4.
We have another composed problem from the 1840s, also published in The Illustrated London News back then. The columnist, Howard Staunton, who could be quite the critic, just loved this little gem of a mate in four. One hint the solution does not follow the modern tradition of solutions. If you have been a faithful reader of this column, it’s a big hint!
This mate in four is an anonymous composition that appeared in the Illustrated London News on September 6, 1845. Their weekly readers had to figure it out. How about you? It’s actually pretty logical if you think about it for a while.
I have seen good players, even masters, struggle with this ending. When I was in high school, the chess advisor for the other team we were playing insisted you could not mate with a king and two bishops vs. a king. I felt obliged to show him. It’s a good thing to review. You use the bishops like the two rooks—except on diagonals—to corner the opposing king. That’s where people often break down. They get the king cornered and then can’t figure out how to finish it. Here’s your chance!
This is an endgame composition by Rinck that is a pretty quick win for White, regardless of the apparently terrible queen and rook lineup against the White king and queen. White gets out of this mess!