This is the first of three days of Christmas puzzles.
Hugh Courtney died in 2012 at the age of 84. Every year up to 2004 he published a Christmas Quiz in Chess magazine. His stated aim was “to astound, puzzle, bemuse, infuriate, delight, amaze and amuse”.
The following ‘twin’ puzzles were published forty years ago in the December 1976 issue of Chess:
These are both helpmates in two, with Black playing first. White will mate on his second move. In a helpmate, Black plays moves which assist White. These are quite tricky!
Don’t put your answesr in the comments below, but wait until Boxing Day and then email me your answers. The best set of answers will win a new chess book.