A still from 2002 Hollywood Release Killing Me Softly

The subtle chess moves – particularly those that deliver a confounding checkmate – are just one of the very many things that make chess so artistic and obsessive. A King steps back in an innocent manoeuvre, or a Rook drags to an adjacent square in apparent lethargy… but, amidst it all hides that deadly killing-me-softly trap. Here are some chess puzzles for the last weekend of June and the first weekend of July. These puzzles are sure to perk up the flavor of your coffee. We will post the answers to the chess puzzles in the comments section later. All puzzles are White to play and checkmate in two.

White to play and checkmate in two

White to play and checkmate in two

White to play and checkmate in two