Weekend Puzzle

This is a diagram of a game that was played nearly 150 years ago. White castles long (on the Queen’s side) and is completely lost, something that’s clear within two more moves. See if you can suggest what black’s two next moves are.

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Alphonse
Alphonse
13 years ago

How can white castle queenside when black’s bishop on f5 is covering b1?

Guise
Guise
13 years ago

1. Black talks about the negative impact of White’s castling policy on Working Families. White then repeats its prior claims about Black’s lack of experience, and the fact that it’s front rank is mainly composed of pawns.

2. Black king moves slightly to the right on centre, flanked by a bishop and a queen. White concedes, blames the loss on Black pawns, and suggests that the real problem is that people are sick of chess. The White king is replaced by a rook.

TimT
13 years ago

Can you put that in algebraic notation, Guise? I’m a chess player, not a freakin’ genius.

The Doctor
The Doctor
13 years ago

The first thing that occurs to me is that 1 … Bg6 is a real threat.

TimT
13 years ago

1. O-O-O, d6-d5!

Then white has a choice of Bxd5, Qxd5, or a bishop retreat. Black’s next move in all of these cases is the same:

2… Qxc3+!!

3. bxc3 (if he doesn’t take it’s checkmate), B-a3 mate.

TimT
13 years ago

Who was playing in this game, btw?

John Rawnsley
13 years ago

Nice one.