White to Play

Pete Tamburro on

Published in Chess Puzzles

A stunning mating combination by Radjabov against Bortnyk in the World Rapid Championship in 2016. Yes, that was RAPID!! It’s a 13 move forced mate!! If you don’t see the first move, don’t worry about it. You have lots of company, including me. When you look at the first move, THEN try and figure it out. If you can’t do that, then go one move at a time just like that until you can do it. It’s one of the greatest finishes in chess history.


1.Qxh5+ Bxh5 2.Bxh5+ Kg8 3.Rg1+ Ng7 4.Rxg7+ Kh8 5.Rxe7+ Rf6 6.Bxf6+ Kg8 7.Rg7+ Kf8 8.Rxh7 Qf5 [8...Qg4 9.Bxg4 Kg8 10.Rh6 Re8 11.Be6+ Rxe6 12.dxe6 Kf8 13.Rh8#] 9.Rh8#

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