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# Pandolfini's Puzzler #8 - Checker Chess

| 8 | Scholastics

“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!

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