Tuesday, October 5, 2010

A problem for the morning

So what would you do if you were given two consecutive moves?

White makes two consecutive moves in this position
The first move cannot be a check
The second move must be checkmate

If you're stumped, be concerned: the problem is from a beginner's book!

Answer in this review.  (Permalink not available yet.)

4 comments:

Matthias Pfau said...

There is only one diagonal which white does not control and that is what makes it relatively easy.

Frederick Rhine said...

Beginner's book, huh? 1.Qa1!! and 2.Qh1# does the trick, but it took me about five minutes to see it.

Frederick Rhine said...

No wonder I had such a hard time - it's for children aged 7 to 13, and I'm way older than that! (I am somewhat heartened by Dan Heisman's observation that he showed it to three players rated 1900-2200, none of whom solved it within the first few minutes.)

Matthias Pfau said...

I agree! Its an age thing, we are just not that fast anymore. Just means we have to practice more. Give us one every morning :)