Pandolfini's Puzzler #10 - E for Excellent

• NM brucepandolfini
• | Oct 4, 2013
• | 4276 views

“You’re doing very well,” Professor Pando said to Lucian. “Come grading time, I may even give you an E for excellent!”
---
“But first you must “play detective.” Consider the following position, with the pieces outlining a capital E, which is the letter in question. Oh, by the way, Black has just made a move.”
---
---
White to move
---
Question: “How can White checkmate at once, in one move?”
---
“Of course,” said Lucian, “Black must have made a move to get here. Wait. I know what you’re getting at. I have the answer, and I don’t have to violate any rules. I even know Black’s last move.”
---
What rule and move made Lucian laugh?
---
Answer below - Try to solve ProfessorPando's Puzzle first!
---
---
Lucian deduced that Black had just played 1…b7-b5. That allows White to counter with 2. c5xb6 mate! – using the en passant rule.
---
---
Take note
---
When focused on a strange looking problem, a good question to ask is “How do I think this position came about?” In other words, you should “play detective,” trying to think backward for a bit. That is, trying to think retroactively.

RELATED STUDY MATERIAL

- Watch PinkHamster's crazy video where you must use en passant to checkmate;

- Watch his other video on the history and specifics of the rule;

- Don't crash and burn - GraceLady tells you exactly when to use the special move.

• 3 months ago

nice justified08

• 2 years ago

easy

• 2 years ago

IS THIS MATE IN 1?

• 2 years ago

IS IT MATE IN 1?

• 2 years ago
• 2 years ago

PinkHamster's is davidpetty on chesskid

• 2 years ago
• 2 years ago

This was a fun little puzzle. Often feels like playing detective on three-day correspondence matches too...