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The Starter Problem
Written by Brian Stephenson   

In this solution, the move that was required is given in bold type. All else is given for the sake of completeness and for the interest of solvers. Threats are given in parentheses. The symbol 'S' stands for knight.

John Rice

S1Rs4/8/3P4/1r1kP1p1/3b2Bs/1p1S4/3Q4/4R2K

Mate in 2

1.Qb4!   (2.Qc4#)

1...Rxb4 2.Sxb4# 
1...Rc5  2.Sb6#
1...Sc6  2.Sc7#
1...Bc5  2.Qe4#
1...Bxe5 2.Rxe5#

There are the following ‘tries’, given by solvers, defeated as noted:

Claim Refutation(s)
1.Qf4? (2.Qe4#) 1...Sf5!
1.Sb6+? 1...Rxb6!
1.Qxg5? (2.Sf4#) 1...B~!
1.Qa5? (2.Sb4#) 1...B~! & 1...Sf5
1.Qc1? (2.Qc4#) 1...Bc3!
1.Qe2? (2.Qe4#) 1...Be3! & 1...Sf5!
1.Qg2+? 1...Sxg2!
1.Rc5+? 1...Bxc5! & 1...Rxc5!
1.Sb4+? 1...Rxb4!
 
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