Tuesday, April 01, 2008

White to Play ...

... and mate in one *






Alternatively, you may prefer our effort from last year.


* From:
Raymond Smullyan's The Chess Mysteries of Sherlock Holmes




[edit 2/4/08: The Diagram is now, finally, correct - with thanks to SwissGambit of RHP.

14 comments:

Anonymous said...

Well that's easy. c3's not guarded.

Tom Chivers said...

I'm not sure if this or the chessbase April Fool took me longer to spot...

ejh said...

Ah, OK, got it. Ho ho.

Anonymous said...

Timely post!

I like the way the positions of the White King and Queen give a clue (though shouldn't they be locked in by bishops?).

Angus.

Jonathan B said...

I like the way the positions of the White King and Queen give a clue (though shouldn't they be locked in by bishops?)


Angus - I checked the puzzle in the book and you're right. I've edited the diagram to include them.

The mistake was mine not Smullyan's.

Well spotted. Have yourself a Dearstalker hat as a prize.

Jonathan B said...

... and I should also have mentioned Angus gets the Sherlock holmes for providing not just the solution but also the proof...


J

Anonymous said...

Thanks Jonathan.

I look forward to sashaying down Streatham High Road in my Dearstalker.

Angus.

ejh said...

Deerstalker

Anonymous said...

Is this position legal?

Richard

Jonathan B said...

ah yes...

a dearstalker maybe means something else???

Jonathan B said...

*Richard:
"Is this position legal?"

Indeed it is ... see Angus' comment earlier.

Anonymous said...

I know that Black is playing up the board.

But is it legal??

Richard

Tom Chivers said...

You mean, has enough material been taken for the pawns to have dosado'd (?) one another so many times?

Anonymous said...

Yep.