# what was black's last move?

crazyblue
Posers and Puzzles 02 Sep '05 13:17
1. 02 Sep '05 13:17
hi,

i'm really a beginner at retro puzzles, that's why im posting this one here. the question is: what was black's last move? the only information you get is, that in the last 4 moves (i think it's halfmoves, so 2 white moves and 2 black moves) no piece was taking.

i think there are some retro experts here, that will say this problem is easy. please PM me your solution then, so i can see if my answer was correct. (im pretty sure it is!) ðŸ™‚

2. 02 Sep '05 13:471 edit
just a random guess...

Bg3h4

No reasoning behind that other than it looks like the only piece that could have moved.

Edit: Although that move logically doesn't make any sense... whatever
3. BigDoggProblem
02 Sep '05 14:12
Originally posted by crazyblue
hi,

i'm really a beginner at retro puzzles, that's why im posting this one here. the question is: what was black's last move? the only information you get is, that in the last 4 moves (i think it's halfmoves, so 2 white moves and 2 black moves) no piece was taking.

i think there are some retro experts here, that will say this problem is easy. ple ...[text shortened]... correct. (im pretty sure it is!) ðŸ™‚

[fen]2B5/8/6P1/6Pk/3P2qb/3p4/3PB3/2NrNKQR w - - 0 1[/fen]
Recognized this from Chess Mysteries of Sherlock Holmes by Smullyan.
4. Suzianne
Misfit Queen
02 Sep '05 16:02
Originally posted by Coconut
just a random guess...

Bg3h4

No reasoning behind that other than it looks like the only piece that could have moved.

Edit: Although that move logically doesn't make any sense... whatever
no, it couldn't have been the bishop, because what then would have been White's last move? certainly not a rook move resulting in check, since the rook would have had to have moved from a square from which it was already giving check.

However, similarly, Black's last move could not have been the queen moving to block check from White's bishop, for the same reason, unless the check was a discovered check by White by Nf3e1, but if that was the case, then how did Black's rook move to check the White king?

I'm afraid I'm stumped at this point. I do see that White must have promoted a pawn to a bishop at some point, but I fail to see how that enters into the solution...

So, I would say the last Black move was Qg4, but I don't have a clue of the from square, or how Black's rook moved to check the White king.

Bleh, I burned out enough brain cells on this... I'm ready for the answer ðŸ™‚
5. 02 Sep '05 16:351 edit
Originally posted by Suzianne
no, it couldn't have been the bishop, because what then would have been White's last move? certainly not a rook move resulting in check, since the rook would have had to have moved from a square from which it was already giving check.
Oh yeah. of course. I saw that with the queen being pinned by the bishop, but not that.

Oh well.

Edit: One idea, I don't think we are told that it is white to move, so it could be black to move, in which case blacks last move could have been a rook or something else.
6. 02 Sep '05 17:26
bigdogg pm'ed me and my solution was correct ðŸ™„
suzianne you were on the right way, keep thinking it to the end ðŸ™‚
7. 02 Sep '05 17:47
piece of cactus. Qg4 was indeed the last move. nice puzzle altogether.
8. 02 Sep '05 19:48
Originally posted by Jusuh
piece of cactus. Qg4 was indeed the last move. nice puzzle altogether.
from where did the queen move to g4 then, and why?
9. 03 Sep '05 05:32
1.cxd1=R+ Nf3-e1+
2.Qd7-g4
10. 03 Sep '05 05:39
Originally posted by Jusuh
1.cxd1=R+ Nf3-e1+
2.Qd7-g4
The original poster does mention there was no capture in the last four moves ðŸ˜‰. A very interesting puzzle. I did enjoy solving it.
11. 03 Sep '05 06:02
Originally posted by ilywrin
The original poster does mention there was no capture in the last four moves ðŸ˜‰. A very interesting puzzle. I did enjoy solving it.
oh my thanks. back to thinking
12. Suzianne
Misfit Queen
03 Sep '05 16:02
Originally posted by crazyblue
bigdogg pm'ed me and my solution was correct ðŸ™„
suzianne you were on the right way, keep thinking it to the end ðŸ™‚
oooooh, oooooh! I see the light! Hallelujah!

The Black rook came to check the White king because of another discovered check when Black played Be1h4 to counter the check on Black's king from White's rook, which gave another discovered check when White played Bh3c8!

Given the paths the pieces have taken, the only place Black's queen could have come from was e4... so the last 4 half-moves were:

1. White: Bh3c8+
2. Black: Be1h4+
3. White: Nf3e1+
4. Black: Qe4g4

Thanks to all who got the solution but let a newbie at this figure it out
13. 03 Sep '05 16:57
Originally posted by Suzianne
oooooh, oooooh! I see the light! Hallelujah!

The Black rook came to check the White king because of another discovered check when Black played Be1h4 to counter the check on Black's king from White's rook, which gave another discovered check when White played Bh3c8!

Given the paths the pieces have taken, the only place Black's queen could have com ...[text shortened]... 1+
4. Black: Qe4g4

Thanks to all who got the solution but let a newbie at this figure it out
cngrats suz.

btw what are you? a new mikhail tal?
14. Suzianne
Misfit Queen
03 Sep '05 17:02
Originally posted by Jusuh
cngrats suz.

btw what are you? a new mikhail tal?
Thank you, that is high praise indeed!

Mikhail Tal is my favorite player of the 20th century ðŸ™‚
15. 09 Sep '05 20:28