Back Rank Combinations – Diagram 48:

White checkmates in 3 moves.

See Answer below.


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Chapter 2 BACK RANK COMBINATIONS

A BACK RANK COMBINATION is based on the enemy King being trapped on the back rank by its own pawns and the fact that the back rank in not protected by a Rook or Queen. Some back rank combinations are simple, as in introductory Diagram 32. Others take two or more moves to set up.

Next, see Diagram 49 Back Rank Combos:

Black checkmates in 3 moves. >


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Answer – Diagram 48:

1.   Rc8+                Nxc8

2.   Rxc8+              Rd8

3.   Rxd8#


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