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Posers and Puzzles

Posers and Puzzles

  1. Standard member GovnarSmrti
    central scrutinizer
    11 Jul '07 15:27 / 5 edits
    Story says that in year 1671, on some hill near Bender, Charles XII and his general Grothousen were playing chess during the battle with Turks. In this position



    Charles (w) announced mate in 3 moves. But, before he made his first move, a turkish bullet took his knight.
    He though a bit, and announced mate in 4. But, another bullet took his h2 pawn away
    Now, after short thinking, he announced mate in 5.
    His opponent asked what if in starting position bullet took his rook?
    He answered that then mate would be in 6 moves.
    Can you find all those mates?

    Excuse me if someone already posted this problem.
    Cheers
  2. 11 Jul '07 16:06
    Originally posted by GovnarSmrti
    Story says that in year 1671, on some hill near Bender, Charles XII and his general Grothousen were playing chess during the battle with Turks. In this position

    [fen]8/6R1/7p/5K1k/8/6p1/5bPP/4N3 w - - 0 1[/fen]

    Charles (w) announced mate in 3 moves. But, before he made his first move, a turkish bullet took his knight.
    He though a bit, and announce ...[text shortened]... ves.
    Can you find all those mates?

    Excuse me if someone already posted this problem.
    Cheers
    I would first like to say I love Sam Loyd. He's just so brilliant. I'd kiss him if he weren't so dead. Onto the problem:
    a - Rxg3, threatening rh3#. bxg3, nf3 and g4#
    b - hg, bd4, rg4, bf6, rh4+, bxr, g4#

    I can't crack the others quite yet.
  3. Standard member SwissGambit
    Caninus Interruptus
    11 Jul '07 16:49
    Originally posted by GovnarSmrti
    Story says that in year 1671, on some hill near Bender, Charles XII and his general Grothousen were playing chess during the battle with Turks. In this position

    [fen]8/6R1/7p/5K1k/8/6p1/5bPP/4N3 w - - 0 1[/fen]

    Charles (w) announced mate in 3 moves. But, before he made his first move, a turkish bullet took his knight.
    He though a bit, and announce ...[text shortened]... ves.
    Can you find all those mates?

    Excuse me if someone already posted this problem.
    Cheers
    a) 1.Rxg3 [threat 2.Rh3+ Bh4 3.g4] 1...Bxg3 2.Nf3 ~ 3.g4#
    b) 1.hxg3 [threat 2.Rg4 ~ 3.Rh4+ Bxh4 4.g4] 1...Bxg3 2.Rxg3 ~ 3.Rh3#
    c) 1.Rb7! [not 1.Rd7 Bd4] 1...Bg1 2.Rb1 Bh2 3.Re1 Kh4 4.Kg6 ~ 5.Re4# or 1...Be3 2.Rb1 Bg5 3.Rh1+ Bh4 4.Rh2! gxh2 5.g4#
  4. Standard member EinsteinMind
    Seeker
    11 Jul '07 20:27
    Originally posted by SwissGambit
    a) 1.Rxg3 [threat 2.Rh3+ Bh4 3.g4] 1...Bxg3 2.Nf3 ~ 3.g4#
    b) 1.hxg3 [threat 2.Rg4 ~ 3.Rh4+ Bxh4 4.g4] 1...Bxg3 2.Rxg3 ~ 3.Rh3#
    c) 1.Rb7! [not 1.Rd7 Bd4] 1...Bg1 2.Rb1 Bh2 3.Re1 Kh4 4.Kg6 ~ 5.Re4# or 1...Be3 2.Rb1 Bg5 3.Rh1+ Bh4 4.Rh2! gxh2 5.g4#
    Question: does ~ mean any move?
  5. Standard member SwissGambit
    Caninus Interruptus
    11 Jul '07 21:33 / 1 edit
    Originally posted by EinsteinMind
    Question: does ~ mean any move?
    It means "random".
  6. Standard member EinsteinMind
    Seeker
    12 Jul '07 02:23
    Originally posted by SwissGambit
    It means "random".
    Thanks.