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Otto Blathy was born in Tata, Hungary on August 11, 1860 and he is credited for creating a mate in 290 moves. This problem is the longest checkmate problem and Blathy won a prize for this work in 1929. The position is not legal (easy retro analysis) and it is easy to convert it to a legal position, but the original Blathy position is shown. The analysis/solution given here was done by Cyril Banderier in 1992 and has been online since 1998. Mr. Blathy died on September 26, 1939 in Budapest.
How about 3.b4 and mate in 2?
@Player8-CHAMPION: Then there will be indeed a mate in 2: 3. b4 Nd5+ 4. Ka6 Bb7#. Only the wrong colour. :-)
Unbelievably amazing. An alien from another planet probably give him this problem.
Mandy711 : LOOOOL
LoekBergman: Nd5+ is illegal, the knight is pinned by the bishop. though I figured that that pawn on b2 spoils it all :p
@Player8-Champion: oops, I stand corrected.
I like it!
i doubt this.
thanks all for feedback, hope you enjoyed
This is one of few problems that computers don't understand. Triangulation with the king is out of there mind.
In addition to being out of their mind, it's also illegal and most engines won't even allow you to plug it in.
Position with one additional bishop on the same color tends not to be detected as illegal position. Chessmaster might be the only program that display error message - atleast from what i'm aware off.
White has 2 fighter of the same color and 8 farmers, it's impossible??!!
Houdini 3 Pro's evaluation on Blathys puzzle:
Houdini 3 Pro x64 -4.80 (depth 22)
Main line suggestion: 1.Rd1+ 1...Bd4 2.c4+ Kd6 3.Rxg1 h4 4.Rd1 h3 5.Ka5 h5 6.Ka4 h6 7.Ka3 h4 8.Rh1 Bb7 9.Ka2 h2 10.Kb1 Ba8 11.Ka2 h5 12.Rxh2 Bg7 13.Rh1 Bf6 14.Rd1+ Bd4 15.Rh1
Niether Aquarium nor Chessbase GUI would allow me to input the position.
It's not that computers can't see triangulation. It's that they have trouble seeing 290 moves ahead outside of an endgame tablebase.