Pandolfini's Puzzler #2 - Ten is Fun

  • NM brucepandolfini
  • | Aug 9, 2013
  • | 22925 views
  • | 13 comments

Here we go again ChessKids! You've already solved a position from ProfessorPando where you had to find the worst move, now see if you can checkmate a whole army of Black kings in this zany puzzle!
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Professor Pandolfini gave Lucian an unusual puzzle. “Suppose that you are on the planet Zugzwang, where chess is played with 10 Black kings, and you arrive at the following position.” 
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“On Earth this position is impossible. But on the planet Zugzwang, it is a legal position.”
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Question: “On that faraway planet, how can you checkmate all 10 Black kings in one move?”
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Answers Below - Try to solve ProfessorPando's Puzzle first!
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Lucian was confused for a moment. But in less than a minute, he had the answer.
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Answer to Puzzler #2
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Lucian figured out that White can checkmate all 10 kings with 1.Nd3-e5#!
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Remarkably, each of the 10 kings is in check and Black has no legal reply. Indeed, all 10 kings are mated!
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Take note
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White’s winning move is called a discovery or discovered attack.  
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A discovery relies on two friendly units: a moving unit and a stationary unit.
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The best discoveries are those in which both friendly units, moving and stationary, do something good.
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RELATED STUDY MATERIAL

  • Read about the definition of discovered attack;
  • Watch PinkHamster's video on discoveries;
  • Read BoundingOwl's story about her students and their discovered attacks.

Comments


  • 14 months ago

    NM brucepandolfini

    Arxad2002  I thought so. And I still do. Thank you for your comment.

  • 14 months ago

    Arxad2002

    very interesting

  • 2 years ago

    Sunnyboya

    @Vibhav, it said that only Black has 10 kings, the position is legal.

  • 3 years ago

    Alpha1379

    Whoa, cool.

  • 3 years ago

    Ricardoruben

    @ViktorHNielsen Ke3xd2 is not legal, since the rook is supported by the bishop on e1, isn'it?

  • 3 years ago

    ViktorHNielsen

    Ke3xd2 and some of the kings will stay alive

  • 3 years ago

    Senchean

    Really demonstrates the power of a centralized knight outpost, considering it checkmates 7 of the kings by itself.

  • 3 years ago

    theresalion


    ne5

  • 3 years ago

    Anubhav_2000

    Saw it in the book The Chess Companion by Irving Chernev.

  • 3 years ago

    Chibo92

    Love stuff like this!

  • 3 years ago

    jcm1978

    Fun, unusual puzzle.

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