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A great puzzle from Mendeleev

MendeleevsProblem

A beautiful but a bit hard problem from Dmitrij Mendeleev from juny 4th, 1889.
White mates in two.

Find the solution here.



 
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Al-Adli

Al-Adli About 800 years after the birth of Christ, chess was well known in the Arabic World. Al-Adli was the greatest known player of that age until 847. He was the closest friend of the caliph, a poet, and a minister-like official.
The game was a bit different than the modern chess we know. The initial setup was the same, as well as the king, the knight and the rook. The queen was the weakest piece because it could move one square and in diagonals only. Bishop moved in diagonals, but only two sqares, and could jump over pieces, didn't attack and didn't defend the nearest four squares. Pawns could move one step only and there was neider castling.
 
wrote this notice on Sep 16, 2005:

given how the puzzle was constructed -- it's the only solution. 'nuff said.


Andras Galos wrote this notice on Sep 16, 2005:

Assume? Proove it. That's the big deal.


wrote this notice on Sep 16, 2005:

big deal. assume that black's last move was ...e5, which then allows white to capture en passant.


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