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Posers and Puzzles

Posers and Puzzles

  1. Standard member SwissGambit
    Caninus Interruptus
    20 Dec '07 17:40
    (With apologies to T.R. Dawson...)

    Black to move and mate in 2
  2. Standard member Peakite
    Sais
    20 Dec '07 18:47
    Are you sure this is a mate in two?

    Can't see how black can manage check, let alone mate.
  3. Subscriber joe shmo On Vacation
    Strange Egg
    20 Dec '07 19:23
    Originally posted by Peakite
    Are you sure this is a mate in two?

    Can't see how black can manage check, let alone mate.
    Looks like thats the key too it.... figuring out how to check in two moves
  4. Standard member SwissGambit
    Caninus Interruptus
    20 Dec '07 19:25
    Originally posted by Peakite
    Are you sure this is a mate in two?

    Can't see how black can manage check, let alone mate.
    Yes, it's correct...keep looking.
  5. 20 Dec '07 20:13
    It is c3 or e3 followed by c2 or e2 respectively? Only works if white had just played c4 or e4.
  6. Standard member adam warlock
    Baby Gauss
    20 Dec '07 20:35
    Originally posted by SwissGambit
    (With apologies to T.R. Dawson...)
    [fen]8/3p4/3p4/2pPp3/1pPkPp2/1n1p1n2/P2p2P1/3K4 w - - 0 1[/fen]
    Black to move and mate in 2
    I think that the idea is to secure the d-2 pawn so to keep the white king stalemated. And then mate him with one of the knights. Now we secure the d-2 pawn with the king and let one knight be taken and maneuver the other one till we mate. But I can only do it in four moves.

    So I have to ask you: is this black to move and mate in two pairs of moves?
  7. Standard member SwissGambit
    Caninus Interruptus
    20 Dec '07 21:04
    Originally posted by adam warlock
    I think that the idea is to secure the d-2 pawn so to keep the white king stalemated. And then mate him with one of the knights. Now we secure the d-2 pawn with the king and let one knight be taken and maneuver the other one till we mate. But I can only do it in four moves.

    So I have to ask you: is this black to move and mate in two [b]pairs
    of moves?[/b]
    No, it isn't two pairs of moves. It's a normal mate in 2.
  8. Standard member SwissGambit
    Caninus Interruptus
    20 Dec '07 21:04
    Originally posted by MattP
    It is c3 or e3 followed by c2 or e2 respectively? Only works if white had just played c4 or e4.
    Well, don't just stop there. Keep going!
  9. Standard member SwissGambit
    Caninus Interruptus
    20 Dec '07 21:07 / 1 edit
    Question for the class: What are all those pawns doing on the board? Is it just for the sake of looking more Christmassy?
  10. Standard member adam warlock
    Baby Gauss
    20 Dec '07 21:08
    Originally posted by SwissGambit
    No, it isn't two pairs of moves. It's a normal mate in 2.
    In that case is it white to move then?
  11. Standard member SwissGambit
    Caninus Interruptus
    20 Dec '07 21:09 / 1 edit
    Originally posted by adam warlock
    In that case is it white to move then?
    No, it is not White to move.
  12. Standard member adam warlock
    Baby Gauss
    20 Dec '07 21:10
    Originally posted by SwissGambit
    No, it is not White to move, but you're thinking in the right direction.
    But I haven't got any decent waiting move for black... Or do I? Let me see...
  13. 20 Dec '07 21:11
    Originally posted by SwissGambit
    Well, don't just stop there. Keep going!
    I thourght that was mate?
  14. Standard member SwissGambit
    Caninus Interruptus
    20 Dec '07 21:12
    Originally posted by adam warlock
    But I haven't got any decent waiting move for black... Or do I? Let me see...
    Sorry, had to edit my last post.
  15. Standard member SwissGambit
    Caninus Interruptus
    20 Dec '07 21:14
    Originally posted by MattP
    I thourght that was mate?
    Yes, but as you pointed out, that only works IF the last move was c2-c4 or e2-e4. You must prove en passant is legal before you can use it in the solution.