A Christmas Quiz

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IM Jack Rudd
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Re: A Christmas Quiz

Post by IM Jack Rudd » Thu Dec 12, 2019 9:13 am

Hmmm, interesting one. Here's a first attempt: 1.c3 e5 2.d4 Ke7 3.Bg5+ Kd6 4.e3 Kd5 5.Qf3+ e4 6.Bc4+ Kxc4 7.Na3+ Kd3 8.O-O-O#. Don't know if this can be improved on.

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Re: A Christmas Quiz

Post by Andrew Martin » Thu Dec 12, 2019 9:47 am

Very nice try Jack, but.......

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Re: A Christmas Quiz

Post by Kevin Thurlow » Thu Dec 12, 2019 9:50 am

Can we first establish if it's normal chess, not Chess960!?

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Re: A Christmas Quiz

Post by Andrew Martin » Thu Dec 12, 2019 10:03 am

Normal chess, but nobody wearing a hat would play the moves required.

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Re: A Christmas Quiz

Post by Joseph Conlon » Thu Dec 12, 2019 10:37 am

1. e4 c5 2. Ke2 Na6 3. Kd3 Qc7 4. Kc4 d5+ 5. Kxd5 Bf5 6.c4 0-0-0 is 6 moves. Can it go better?

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Re: A Christmas Quiz

Post by Andrew Martin » Thu Dec 12, 2019 10:57 am

I regret that it can...

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Re: A Christmas Quiz

Post by Joseph Conlon » Thu Dec 12, 2019 10:59 am

As I have realised.... 1. d4 e6 2. Na3 Ke7 3. Qd3 Kd6 4. Bf4+ Kd5 5. Qf5+ Kxd4 6. 0-0-0

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Re: A Christmas Quiz

Post by Andrew Martin » Thu Dec 12, 2019 11:28 am

It was nice while it lasted.

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Re: A Christmas Quiz

Post by MJMcCready » Thu Dec 12, 2019 2:08 pm

Oh my, that is a rather time-consuming question. May I offer something easier?
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A grid divides the board into 16 large squares, and each move by each side must cross at least one line of the grid. For example, in this position it would be illegal for the black king to move to f3. How can White mate in two moves?

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Re: A Christmas Quiz

Post by Matthew Turner » Thu Dec 12, 2019 2:15 pm

F3+ Rxf3 Bg1 mate

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Re: A Christmas Quiz

Post by MJMcCready » Thu Dec 19, 2019 6:11 am

Not quite. The king has f4 as an escape square.

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