Back Rank Combinations – Diagram 53:
White checkmates in 2 moves.
See Answer below.
Diagrams from John Bain’s best-selling book,
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.
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Answer – Diagram 53:
1. Rc8+ Be8
The slash (/) is used to show that either the Rook on the c-file or the Rook on the e-file (Rc/e) captures on e8.