We recently, for Chess Life magazine, reviewed a book by Christian Hesse titled The Joys of Chess. There are 595 diagrams of delightful chess puzzles that we did, indeed, get joy from. We did, though, issue a caution that there was much ponderous prose and excess of content. This week, we’ll give you three selections from the book to give you a taste of what you can find in it. A hint on this first one: it’s a mate in two!
White’s amazing first move is 1.Kxe6, allowing eight checks by Black, all leading to White’s mate of Black next move! Here are all the checks and a few other choices for Black: 1.Kxe6 Qe2+ [1...Re3+ 2.Qxe3#; 1...Nf8+ 2.Qxf8#; 1...Ng5+ 2.Qxg5#; 1...Bg4+ 2.Rxg4#; 1...Qh3+ 2.Nxh3#; 1...Nc7+ 2.Qxc7#; 1...Nd4+ 2.Qxd4#; 1...hxg3 2.Qe5#; 1...Qb2 2.Nh3#; 1...Rb4 2.Qe5#] 2.Nxe2#
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