Chess Puzzle of the Week (110): Solution

Last week I offered you a Christmas Tree Mate in 2 composed by Pal Benko.

The solution is 1. Qc5, threatening 2. Qxd5#.

If 1… Rxc5, 2. Nd4#

If 1… dxc5, 2. Re5#

If 1… Bxe4, 2. Nd4#

If 1… Kxf5, 2. Qxd5#

I suppose it’s a pity that 1… Rd4 can be met with either the brutal Nxd4# or the much more attractive Qc8#.

Congratulations to everyone who managed to solve this.