Chess Puzzle of the Week (27)

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Last week I left you with this helpmate in 2 moves, composed by Chris Feather.

There are two solutions (remember that Black plays first):

 

1. Re5 Rh1 2. Rc4 Ra1#

1. Be5 Rxb7 2. Bc4 Ra5#

This demonstrates a double Grimshaw. In the first solution the black rooks interfere with the bishops, while in the second solution the bishops interfere with the rooks.

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Hat tip to John Saunders who, in his latest CHESS column, reminds me of some 1960s opening theory. Can you find a good move for White here? (You’ll also see that former RJCC member Luke McShane is this month’s cover star.)