Chess Puzzle of the Week (182)

Edward Bagehot Schwann
The English Mechanic and World of Science 1891

I’ve just published an article about Edward Bagehot Schwann, a member of both Twickenham/Thames Valley and Richmond Chess Clubs, but better known as an authority on and composer of chess problems.

You’ll find some of his games and problems in the article.

Here’s a relatively simple mate in 2 for you to solve, composed when he was still in his teens. White to play and force checkmate in two moves against any defence.

Solving problems like this is a great way to improve your calculation skills. Even if you’ve never tried this sort of thing before, do give it a go and let me know if you’ve found the solution.