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Solution of the Mendeleev problem

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1.Qc1!
The danger is close: 2.Qxc4#.
The beauty of the puzzle is in the many different variations. Just a few example:
1...Rxc1 2.Ne7#
1...Rc2 2.Ne7#
1...Rxe4 2.Rb5#
1...Rd4 2.Nf6#
1...Kxe4 2.Qh1#
Etc, etc.



 
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Mendeleev

Mendeleev Dmitriy Ivanovich Mendeleev (1834-1907) is best known for devising the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements.

He loved to play chess, among other games, and correspondence chess too. A beautiful but hard chess problem follows from him from July 4, 1889, white mates in two:

2Bn2b1/2b5/7Q/3kpN2/
1Rr1N3/3p2PK/8/8 w - - 0 1


White mates in two!
 
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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