Luke McShane

No. 781

White to play and mate in two moves. Composed by Edith Baird, Illustrated Sporting and DramaticNews, 1890. Email answers to chess@spectator.co.uk by Wednesday 27 December. There is a prizeof £20 for the first correct answer out of a hat. Please include a postal address and allow six weeks for prize delivery.

Last week’s solution

King on e5: a) 1 Kf5 Kf7 2 Qf8#

b) 1 Bh6 Kf7 2 Qe6#

King on g8: a) 1 Qc6+ Kd8 (or 1…Ke7) 2 Bf6#

b) 1 Kh7 Kf7 2 Qd7#

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