Thought SG may have got this (perhaps not seen it yet).
"I have never solved it without having two Bishops of the same color
on the same color squares – NOT a true solution because Chess Rules
won’t allow it."
The lad must be referring to a famous unsolved puzzle where you have to
cover every square on a chessboard with the pieces only.
(I don't think it has been solved).
This comes close.
But you always have one square left (here e2).
Is chess that perfect that it cannot be done and there must always be
a square left for the Black King.
Well it can be done thus:
But illegal as there are two white squared Bishops.
This must be the problem the lad is setting.
He says he invented this problem 40 years ago.....1970? I bet SG can
find an older example of this being set. The above two postions came
from a book published in 1963 saying it cannot be done.
The Complete Book of Chess
by Horowitz & Rothenburg.
"I “conjured” up this problem about 40 years ago and call it “Mickey’s Eclipse”
(after guess who – ME).
I have never solved it without having two Bishops of the same color on the
same color squares – NOT a true solution because Chess Rules won’t allow it.
The best that I’ve been able to do otherwise is come to within 1 square of a
solution. If you can be the 1st to solve this, and message me (thru Ebay)
before anyone else does, – you will be entitled to the reward of $500."