Today’s chess problem comes from another of the world’s most famous players, Paul Morphy, (1837-1884). The position selected is from a match played in Paris during 1858. Morphy was White against the Duke of Braunschweig and Count Isouard. They reached the following position where Morph played 1. Bd7+. If Black recaptures with the Queen (1…Qd7) we see several checks along the lines of 2. Qb8+ Ke7 3. Qe5+ Kd8 4. Bf6+ and Black is losing most of his pieces (explore these variations for yourself).
But what happens after 1. Bd7+ Nd7? Find the winning moves where White checkmates in 2 moves.
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