How easy is mate in 1?

How would you feel if you overlooked mate in one move during your next important chess game? Disappointed, frustrated, maybe even angry at yourself?

Yes, admittedly, most people consider mate in 1 the easiest chess task ever. Nevertheless, I have two chess puzzles in my collection that more often than not get a “no, it is impossible” reaction.

What about you? Let’s run a little test. Take a stopwatch and see how long it takes you to crack the code!

In both tasks it is white to move. Mate in 1, of course.



In our Magnus Trainer game "Juiced Up!" your task is to solve as many mate in 1 puzzles as you can in one minute. What’s your record?