By John Brown. White to mate in two moves.
With 1. Qg1 White sets up four pretty mates:
1. Qg1 Kd5 2. Qc5#
1. Qg1 Kd6 2. Qd4#
1. Qg1 Kf4 2. Bc7#
1. Qg1 f4 2. Qc5#
From Chess Strategy: A Collection of the Most Beautiful Chess Problems, 1865.
December 13, 2012 | Puzzles
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