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Test your chess: daily chess puzzle # 145

February 5, 2015

White to play: mate in two;

And, why is the position illegal?

 

 

John J Dolan, 1938, SA Chess magazine

 

Solution

An oddity in a games puzzle compendium, but actually a welcome one, for the second part. It took me a few minutes to realise that black's pawn positions required more captures than there are white pieces off the board, so, as this is not shogi, the position is illegal.

The puzzle itself just needed a bit of work before finding 1 Bh8!

 

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3 Comments
  1. stewart permalink

    Something wrong here. Black has bxc4 CHECK, so no mate in 2

  2. No, the problem is sound: 1..bc4+ is met by 2 Kc4 discovered check/mate

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