**theme Rex solus**(=King alone), in which the black King is alone on the chess board. The white forces threatening him will eventually win and the solvers must find the way.

Below we present eight original compositions of the Greek composer Manolas (the owner of this blog).

The Problems 367 – 373 are two-movers and the Problem 374 is a three-mover.

Their solutions will not be difficult to find. Please try to solve them, and then send a comment with the eight keys.

**Problems for solving**. (The solutions have been appended to the end of this post).

(Problem 367) Emmanuel Manolas original, Mate in 2. #2 (4 + 1) | |

[8/8/8/8/6S1/3k4/Q5B1/4K3] |

(Problem 368) Emmanuel Manolas original, Mate in 2. #2 (5 + 1) | |

[7Q/8/5P2/8/2Sk4/4S3/4K3/8] |

(Problem 369) Emmanuel Manolas original, Mate in 2. #2 (7 + 1) | |

[6QR/8/1K1SS3/4k3/7P/8/5P2/8] |

(Problem 370) Emmanuel Manolas sketch, Mate in 2. #2 (6 + 1) | |

[R6S/K2P2k1/6P1/6P1/8/8/8/8] |

(Problem 371) Emmanuel Manolas original, Mate in 2. #2 (7 + 1) | |

[2R5/3B4/8/8/P2kP1P1/3S4/3K4/8] |

(Problem 372) Emmanuel Manolas original, Mate in 2. #2 (6 + 1) | |

[3QK3/8/SS6/Pk6/8/8/2P5/8] |

(Problem 373) Emmanuel Manolas original, Mate in 2. #2 (7 + 1) | |

[RB4S1/8/2k5/2P2P2/8/2K5/2B5/8] |

(Problem 374) Emmanuel Manolas original, Mate in 3. #3 (7 + 1) | |

[8/5S2/1S6/BPk5/K7/R7/2P5/8] |

**20090729 : update : The solutions of the problems**

**Problem 367**

Tries : [1.Qc4+? Kxc4!], [1.Qd2+?/Qb2? Kc4!], [1.Qa4? Kc3!], [1.Qb3+? Kd4!].

**Key : 1.Bd5!**

**Problem 368**

Tries : [1.Qh5?/Qc8? Kc3!], [1.f7+? Kc5!].

**Key : 1.Qb8!**

**Problem 369**

Tries : [1.Rh5+? Kxd6!], [1.Sc5?/Sf8?/Sd8?/Sc7? Kd4!], [1.Sd4? Kxd4!], [1.Kc5?/Kc6?/Kc7? Kf6!].

**Key : 1.Sf4!**

**Problem 370**

Tries : [1.Sf7? Kxg6!], [1.Rg8+? Kxg8!], [1.Rf8? Kxf8!], [1.d8=S? Kf8!].

**Key : 1.d8=B!**

**Problem 371**

Tries : [1.Re8?/Bc6? Kc4!], [1.Rc4+? Kxc4!], [1.Rc1?/Rc2?/Rc3?/Rc5?/Rc6?/Rc7? Kxe4!], [1.Bb5?/Be6?/Be8? Kxd4!], [Sf2? Ke5!].

**Key : 1.Rd8!**

**Problem 372**

Tries : [1.Qg5+?/Qd2?/Qd5+? Kxa6!], [1.Qd3+?/Qa8?/Qc8?/c4+? Kxa5!], [1.Sc8?/Sa8? Ka4!], [1.Sa4? Kxa4!].

**Key : 1.Sc4!**

**Problem 373**

**Key : 1.Bd6!**

**Problem 374**

Tries : [1.Bd2?/Bc3? Kxb6!], [1.Ra1?/Ra2?/Rh3?/Rg3?/Re3?/Rc3+?/Rb3?/c4? Kd4!].

**Key : 1.Rf3!**