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  1. Standard member Freddie2008
    9 Edits
    24 Jun '06 12:49
    White to move and mate in 1 from a 9th Century chess puzzle by the Grandmaster Al Adli.

  2. 24 Jun '06 13:00
    Originally posted by Freddie2006
    White to move and mate in 1 from a 9th Century chess puzzle by the Grandmaster Al Adli.

    [fen]3K4/8/2rkb3/Nq1p4/5P2/8/8/8 w - - 0 1[/fen]
    errr....How?
  3. Standard member DeepThought
    Losing the Thread
    24 Jun '06 13:02
    Nb7, provided that the queen is a 9th Century queen who can only go 1 square.
  4. 24 Jun '06 13:04
    Originally posted by DeepThought
    Nb7, provided that the queen is a 9th Century queen who can only go 1 square.
    ahh....that would explain it.
  5. Standard member Freddie2008
    9 Edits
    24 Jun '06 13:06 / 1 edit
    Originally posted by DeepThought
    Nb7, provided that the queen is a 9th Century queen who can only go 1 square.
    Incomplete explanation, but correct move.
  6. 24 Jun '06 16:47
    Originally posted by DeepThought
    Nb7, provided that the queen is a 9th Century queen who can only go 1 square.
    Actually I think it's more that in that era a stalemate was a loss for the person forcing the stalemate. Hence Nb7+, Qxb7 and white wins.
  7. Standard member Red Night
    RHP Prophet
    24 Jun '06 16:59
    Originally posted by zebano
    Actually I think it's more that in that era a stalemate was a loss for the person forcing the stalemate. Hence Nb7+, Qxb7 and white wins.
    Really?
  8. 24 Jun '06 16:59
    Originally posted by zebano
    Actually I think it's more that in that era a stalemate was a loss for the person forcing the stalemate. Hence Nb7+, Qxb7 and white wins.
    too bad Qxb7 does not result stalemate...
  9. Subscriber BigDoggProblem
    The Advanced Mind
    25 Jun '06 05:22
    Originally posted by Freddie2006
    Incomplete explanation, but correct move.
    The Queen used to be the Counselor, and moved only one diagonal square at a time.
  10. 25 Jun '06 07:00 / 1 edit
    Originally posted by zebano
    Actually I think it's more that in that era a stalemate was a loss for the person forcing the stalemate. Hence Nb7+, Qxb7 and white wins.
    I think you have it backwards-- stalemate was a win for the person forcing the stalemate.


    Edit: this page has a summary of old chess rules: http://chess.eusa.ed.ac.uk/Chess/Trivia/OldRules.html (can't vouch for its accuracy).
  11. Subscriber Marinkatomb
    wotagr8game
    25 Jun '06 22:21
    Originally posted by Freddie2006
    White to move and mate in 1 from a 9th Century chess puzzle by the Grandmaster Al Adli.

    [fen]3K4/8/2rkb3/Nq1p4/5P2/8/8/8 w - - 0 1[/fen]
    I take it Grandmaster Al Adli didn't live in the 9th century...
  12. 27 Jun '06 05:37
    Originally posted by zebano
    Actually I think it's more that in that era a stalemate was a loss for the person forcing the stalemate. Hence Nb7+, Qxb7 and white wins.
    white does have a pawn to move....