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Pandolfini's Puzzler #8 - Checker Chess

  • NM brucepandolfini
  • | Sep 20, 2013
  • | 4046 views
  • | 10 comments

“I’m going to take you far away in time and place,” Professor Pando began. “There and then, chess is called Checker Chess, and the following bizarre position is legal.” 
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White to move
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“Do not ask how the following position arose. But it did! Black has 32 bishops, all of the same color, and White has one bishop, of the other color.”
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Question: “If the pieces move the same way they do in chess, can White mate in two moves by force?”
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Lucian thought it over. “You know, it’s almost like playing checkers, this game of Checker Chess. And that gives me the answer!”
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What forced mate in two did Lucian come up with?
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Answer below - Try to solve ProfessorPando's Puzzle first!
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ANSWER #8
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Lucian found 1. Bd2. That forced Black to play 1…Ka1, when 2. Bc3 is mate.
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Take note
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Although the example is not of this world, it illustrates the idea that force isn’t everything. Placement and timing are also important.
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RELATED STUDY MATERIAL

- Watch PinkHamster's own (slightly more normal) game with bishops on opposite colors;

- Did you remember PandoPuzzler #7? Black is again in zugzwang! Go back and reread the last puzzler!

Comments


  • 6 months ago

    Alpha1379

    Discovered it right away, but it was a good puzzle.

  • 6 months ago

    i-ck-e

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  • 7 months ago

    mcris

    I don't see how this position is legal (as stated) since black cannot ever achieve more than 9 same color bishops: the original and 8 more supposedly from pawns transformation.

  • 7 months ago

    awfulchess1234

    what the sh*t?! if this is a tournament game i wish i had been there

  • 7 months ago

    thegreatauk

    very good and funny

  • 7 months ago

    Kinn72

    Got it actually easy because black's Bishops cannot move.

  • 7 months ago

    PennytheGrandMaster

    very unusual

  • 7 months ago

    upen2002

    thanks funny it was

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