Napoleon escapes from Moscow to Paris

Sep 30, 2007, 6:12 PM |

This is a problem developed by Alexander Dmitrievich Petrov (1794-1867). He was a Russian player who gained acclaim for his wit and intelligence. The problem is called Napoleon escapes Moscow to Paris, recalling Napoleon's defeat in the Russian campaign.

The b2 square represents Moscow and h8 represents Paris. The diagonal from a8 to h1 represents the Berezina river. The black king is Napoleon, and the white knights represent the Russian cavalry giving pursuit. Enjoy!