Notes on chess in Chicago.
There is only one diagonal which white does not control and that is what makes it relatively easy.
Beginner's book, huh? 1.Qa1!! and 2.Qh1# does the trick, but it took me about five minutes to see it.
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.)
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 :)
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