2011 British Chess Problem

2011 British Chess problem Position 1In this starter problem for the Winton Capital British Chess Solving Championship, white, playing up the board, is to play and force mate in two moves against any black defence. The entry fee is £3.00 and the competition is open to British residents only.
White to play and mate in 2 against any defence

Competitors need only send White’s first move, known as the key-move. Postal entries should be sent to:-

Paul Valois
14 Newton Park Drive

They should be accompanied by a cheque or postal order for £3.00, made payable to British Chess Problem Society. Please mention that you saw this starter problem on the BCCA Website. SAEs are no longer required in this starter round. Please provide an email address if you have one.

All entries should be postmarked no later than 31st July 2011. After this closing date, and not till then, all competitors will receive the answer to the starter problem and those who get it right will also receive the postal round, which will contain 8 more difficult and varied problems.

In addition to this, all competitors, whether successful or not, who are not members of the BCPS will each receive a recent copy of The Problemist, the magazine of the British Chess Problem Society. In due course, the best competitors from the postal round will be invited to the final (in February 2012 at Oakham School) at which the prize fund will be over £1,000. The ultimate winner of this final will win the right to represent Great Britain at the World Chess Solving Championship 2012.