Posers and Puzzles

Posers and Puzzles

  1. Standard memberCalJust
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    16 Jul '04 15:06
    This comes from a book Amusements in Mathematics, by H E Dudeney (No 355)

    Strolling into one of the rooms of a London club, I notice a position left by two players who had gone. It is evident that White has checkmated Black. But how did he do it??

    The board looks like this:

    White has a Bishop on b1, pawns on a2, f6, g5, h4. King on g8
    Black has a pawn on h5 and his King on g6.
  2. Standard memberopsoccergurl11
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    16 Jul '04 15:17
    by pushing the f pawn
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    16 Jul '04 15:22
    Originally posted by CalJust
    This comes from a book Amusements in Mathematics, by H E Dudeney (No 355)

    Strolling into one of the rooms of a London club, I notice a position left by two players who had gone. It is evident that White has checkmated Black. But how did he do it??

    The board looks like this:

    White has a Bishop on b1, pawns on a2, f6, g5, h4. King on g8
    Black has a pawn on h5 and his King on g6.
    exf6 e.p.?
  4. Zeist, Holland
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    16 Jul '04 16:37
    Both answers are wrong. Either way, black would have been in check.
    But to be honest, I don't see the correct answer 🙁
  5. Standard memberopsoccergurl11
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    16 Jul '04 16:41
    good point piderman... the bishop couldnt have moved to its location to put black in check, so it must have been a revealed check
  6. Standard membereyeqpc
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    16 Jul '04 16:491 edit
    I think Mephisto was right.

    The board would have been set up as such

    6K1/5p2/6k1/4P1Pp/7P/8/P7/1B6

    Black then would advance his f pawn 2 spaces to f5 to block check.
    Then White would take the f pawn (en passent) exf6 resulting in checkmate
  7. Standard membereyeqpc
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    16 Jul '04 16:50
    Originally posted by opsoccergurl11
    good point piderman... the bishop couldnt have moved to its location to put black in check, so it must have been a revealed check
    Whoops, I never saw that
  8. Zeist, Holland
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    16 Jul '04 16:52
    Problem is, there is no piece that could have moved from the b1/h7 diagonal, except from the f6 pawn. But, stood the pawn on f5 it would already have been checkmate.

    Anyway, I think the two people in the club had set up this position to discuss this very same problem 🙄
  9. Zeist, Holland
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    16 Jul '04 16:56
    Originally posted by eyeqpc
    I think Mephisto was right.

    The board would have been set up as such

    6K1/5p2/6k1/4P1Pp/7P/8/P7/1B6

    Black then would advance his f pawn 2 spaces to f5 to block check.
    Then White would take the f pawn (en passent) exf6 resulting in checkmate
    No, this is correct. Set up the board:

    6K1/5p2/6k1/6Pp/4P2P/8/P7/1B6

    Then:
    1. e5+ f5 2. exf6++
  10. Standard membereyeqpc
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    16 Jul '04 17:07
    Originally posted by piderman
    No, this is correct. Set up the board:

    6K1/5p2/6k1/6Pp/4P2P/8/P7/1B6

    Then:
    1. e5+ f5 2. exf6++
    Oh yeah, thanks piderman, I confused myself by forgetting to mentiion the discovered check caused by advancement of whites pawn
  11. Standard memberCalJust
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    19 Jul '04 06:08
    Good work, piderman! That is the only possible solution.
  12. Standard memberCeeWinM
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    27 Jul '04 19:52
    Very intriguing puzzle! The thing I wonder about is .... Where was Blacks King before moving to g6?. It could NOT have been on the f5 square... example e4+ Kf5-g6 because of the B@b1.

    The best I can come up with is that the white g-pawn was at g4 and that would allow the Black King to occupy h6. If so then the e.p. solution works.... 1.g4-g5+ Kh6-g6 2.e4-e5+ f7-f5 3.e5-f6 e.p.++.

    Would the person with the solution post the answer please?

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    whats all the darn symbols mean? im not understanding the solution because i dunno what the ex and what not mean!
  14. Standard memberCalJust
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    13 Aug '04 09:07
    Originally posted by Garrison
    whats all the darn symbols mean? im not understanding the solution because i dunno what the ex and what not mean!
    Go to Help-FAQ-What is a FEN?

    All will be explained!


    CeeWinM - Piderman has the solution.
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