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  1. 26 Jun '13 23:58 / 1 edit
    ...composed by Leonid Kubbel.

    White to play to Checkmates in two moves.



    Clue: That is not a clumsy sentence, it is written just as I intended it.
  2. Standard member wolfgang59
    Infidel
    27 Jun '13 02:05
    Originally posted by greenpawn34
    ...composed by Leonid Kubbel.

    White to play to Checkmates in two moves.

    [fen]8/4P1Q1/2P5/8/8/6Pk/5P2/7K w - - 0 1[/fen]

    Clue: That is not a clumsy sentence, it is written just as I intended it.
    The board is upside down
    the solution is
    c8 promoting to a grey queen
    :-)
  3. Standard member SwissGambit
    Caninus Interruptus
    27 Jun '13 05:36
    Originally posted by wolfgang59
    The board is upside down
    the solution is
    c8 promoting to a grey queen
    :-)
    But if the board's upside-down, black isn't mated. He has a5 as a flight.
  4. Standard member SwissGambit
    Caninus Interruptus
    27 Jun '13 05:39 / 2 edits
    I must have seen this before, because there's no way I would guess it.

    Edit: removed hidden sol...want to see if others can actually get this.
  5. 27 Jun '13 13:52
    Ill add another clue by changing very slightly (adding one letter, a 'w' to the condition

    Its' not:

    White to play to Checkmates in two moves.

    It's:

    White to play two Checkmates in two moves.


    The other clue is in the title of the thread.
  6. Subscriber Ponderableonline On Vacation
    chemist
    27 Jun '13 14:19
    so c8Q# or c8bQ# (you can convert the pawn to any Queen)
  7. 27 Jun '13 14:28
    But you have to give Black a move, at the moment he is stalemated.
  8. 27 Jun '13 15:14 / 1 edit
    I've got it -
    two checkmates means two kings! 1.e8= black king Kd8 2.Qd7 double mate


    So when did the rules change to make this illegal?
  9. 27 Jun '13 15:39

    Black is currently stalemated.

    So...White promotes the pawn to another Black King.


    Note taking any other Black piece will not allow two mates (now in one move.)
    because now it is Black's move and he plays the only legal move. 1...Kd8.


    and Qd7 mates both Kings.

  10. 27 Jun '13 17:51
    Originally posted by greenpawn34

    ...composed by Leonid Kubbel...
    He also uses pieces sitting on the line between 2 squares and uses a board with 8.5 files!
  11. Standard member SwissGambit
    Caninus Interruptus
    27 Jun '13 21:00
    Originally posted by MontyMoose
    He also uses pieces sitting on the line between 2 squares and uses a board with 8.5 files!
    In fairness, he did a great many serious, orthodox problems as well.
  12. Standard member SwissGambit
    Caninus Interruptus
    27 Jun '13 21:03
    Here is another joke problem by von Holzhausen.


    Place any piece on an empty square, then white stalemates in one move.
  13. 28 Jun '13 14:46
    HI S.G.

    I don't know this one.

    Just a wee bit of clarification, is it a piece already on the board
    or is it any piece not on the board.
  14. 28 Jun '13 15:12 / 1 edit
    Not too tricky if you've read the rest of this thread!
    Put a black king on b8, then 1.Qc6 is stalemate since Black cannot move his queen without putting one king in check
  15. Standard member SwissGambit
    Caninus Interruptus
    28 Jun '13 15:13
    Originally posted by greenpawn34
    HI S.G.

    I don't know this one.

    Just a wee bit of clarification, is it a piece already on the board
    or is it any piece not on the board.
    It is not a piece that is already on the board. A hint: it has something in common with the Kubbel problem.