02 December 2010

Where are the diagrams?

Do you miss the chess diagrams? "Apparently, this blog is about chess problems, so there should be some." you might say. Well, have patience young paduan. Perhaps you know that not all chess problems require a diagram at all – those are called construction tasks. The aim is to construct a game or position with certain features.

Here is an example by the great Sam Loyd (published in Le Sphinx, 1866): "Construct a game which ends with Black delivering discovered checkmate on move four." Can you figure out one of the solutions? Yes, there are several, as only the White moves are unique.

If you like that sort of puzzles, you should have a look here. There, you'll also find the solutions to the aforementioned construction task by Loyd.

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