2020 Chessable Holidays Quiz – The Answers
It is time to relieve the suspense and put an end to minds being boggled as we present the answers to yesterday’s quiz questions.
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Place a white knight on f7.
George Edward Carpenter
Dubuque Chess Journal, 1873
White checkmates Black in two moves by 1 Qh3! Ke4 2 Rc4 checkmate.
New York Albion, 1857
White checkmates Black in three moves like this: 1 Rf4 Kxg3 2 0-0 Kh3 3 R1f3 checkmate.
Black can try 1 …Kxh1 but it is still three moves after 2 Kf2 Kh2 3 Rh4 checkmate.
New York Sunday Herald 1889
White delivers checkmate in two moves after 1 Bf8! (threatening 2 Qa1 checkmate) and now:
1 …Nc2 2 Qxc2 checkmate.
1 …Bxb2 2 Bh6 checkmate.
1 …Kxb2 2 Qa3 checkmate.
The moves are:
1 e4 e6
2 Bb5 Ke7
3 Bxd7 c6
4 Be8 Kxe8
This sequence brings us to the desired position.
We gave two hints:
‘At this time of year, we cannot be blamed for wanting a little extra.’
‘There is something odd going on here, but once you find out what it is you should be able to complete the task soon enough.’
Black has nine pawns on the board. Remove any pawn and there will be a checkmate in one move. You can do that without my help, can’t you?
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