Extraordinarily unrealistic way of getting this right. Overall, a good one.
it would have been helpful to know i could still castle...
Yea, this is the most TROLL PUZZLE EVER XD
To Girts30, its a puzzle to exercise your "chess eye" to see the relationship of files diagonals and critical squares. This is a useful exercise because this is what you use to think ahead when creating a tactic in a real game. The fact that it was a 0-0 move in an end game tells you not to take anything for granted (in a puzzle or a real game).
Sorry mr. Einstein but this happens just inside your head. I doubt in the whole chess history that this position will ever be reached without a castle. And to castle with mate, pfew.
Anyway, I like this puzzle because it beaten me.
Well since I already posted 3 games in this topic (post #253) where there was a very late castling it is already documented that it can happen in real games. In two of those games the castling happened in move 48 (without a check mate), in the third game the castling happened in move 31 giving a check mate.
Want more documentation? Look here:
Paul Morphy vs Alonzo Morphy 1850, (without Queen's rook) ending with 18. 0-0# :http://www.chessgames.com/perl/chessgame?gid=1238144
Edward Lasker vs George Alan Thomas, 1912,the game could have ended with either18. Kd2# or with 18. 0-0-0#Lasker chose to play 18. Kd2#http://www.chessgames.com/perl/chessgame?gid=1259009
Lodewijk Prins vs Lawrence Day, 1968, ended with 31... 0-0-0#http://www.chessgames.com/perl/chessgame?gid=1037399&kpage=1
how on earth am i supposed to know that white didnt castle ???????
WHY DIDN'T YOU TELL ME I HAD THE RIGHT TO CASTLE?! AND HOW IS THIS FRIKIN POSITION EVEN POSSIBLE?!