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Saturday, October 8th 2005

7:44 AM

Chess Problem

Chess friend and Knight Errant Satish Talim has published a chess problem on his Weblog. It's a tricky one with not one, but two solutions! Here's the position  - it's White to move and mate in 2...



Click and drag your mouse between the brackets to see my solution - I think I've got it?

[ White's Queen seems to be a spectator in the action. 1.Bg5 is the key and then the White Pawn at e5 must become the target, Black really has nothing else to do? If, 1...Ngxe5 then, 2.Nce7# but what if, 1...Ncxe5? and the second move is no good? Then the other Knight gets into the game with 2.Nd4# ]

The book of chess problems that Satish got this one from is 700 Chess Problems - Selected from the Compositions of Mrs. W. J. Baird. It can be downloaded from here if you'd like to try the other 699!

Update: Satish quite correctly points out that the first move in my suggested solution, Bg5 fails immediately to Qxg5! Clearly I should start drinking Almond wine instead of coffee in the morning! Back to the drawing board (and resisting the tempations of the Chessmaster 9000) on finding the solution - now where did I leave that corkscrew?
4 Comment(s).

Posted by Satish Talim:

Thanks for the link to some great pdf chess books.
Saturday, October 8th 2005 @ 6:49 PM

Posted by Martin:

1.Nc-d4+ Kxe5 2. Qxe6++
Sunday, October 9th 2005 @ 12:36 PM

Posted by ChessSmith:

Martin, I thought you had it solved for a moment there but, I think 2...Kxd4 is a possible way out?
Sunday, October 9th 2005 @ 1:49 PM

Posted by iurodivii:

1. Bf5 ... 2. Nd4#
Tuesday, October 11th 2005 @ 1:27 PM

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