[This series continues from a harder puzzle here and continues in this puzzle]

Here we have an easier but still interesting selfmate in 5.

This is a puzzle by A. Rubin found in The Book of Extraordinary Chess Puzzles:

selfmate 1

From the book: "In a 'selfmate' problem White plays to force Black to checkmate him - a sort of chess suicide. In the diagram above, White has his king nicely trapped in the bottom right-hand corner, but still has to find a way of forcing Black to deliver the mate. Selfmate in five.

Here is an interactive board for you to play on.


1 Answer 1


is it as simple as

1. Ba6 forcing axb6
2. Bb5 bxc5
3. Bc4 bxd4
4. Bd3 bxe3
5. Be2 bxf2#

Taking advantage of the fact

that black's knight can't move (pinned by the queen) and blacks king can't move.

  • 2
    $\begingroup$ It certainly is! It's an intro into the genre. Next one will be harder. Also, have a go at the 2nd self-stalemate. It's very good. $\endgroup$
    – Dr Xorile
    Commented Sep 20, 2019 at 20:52
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    $\begingroup$ @DrXorile i've been having a go at it. I have nothing to show yet for it but a splitting headache. $\endgroup$
    – SteveV
    Commented Sep 20, 2019 at 20:53

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