Chess, as this László Polgár volume is titled, is perhaps the most comprehensive book ever conceived on the art of checkmate. It contains some examples. Hey there, I’ve just acquired the well known Chess: Problems, Combinations and Games by Lazslo Polgar, and I’m puzzled (hah!) by puzzle # (László Polgár knew only that he wants to raise “geniuses”, but initially he didn’t know in what field: he considered languages and math as well.

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Hey there, I’ve just acquired the well known Chess: The solutions index states 1. Nd5 as the correct solution, but I think 1. Qd6 also works, since if I can’t seem to find any errata anywhere on the web, so help me out chess.

Am I missing anything?

And yes, there is only one correct solution! Yes, I know, it says so at the solution index. Did you recognize the puzzle or do you happen to own the book? For enthusiasts, 2 more puzzles:.

polyar No mistake on this one, but i did find a mistake in excerciseit is not a mate in 2. I would have to look but I did find at least one mate in 3 in the mate in 2 section. May have been that one.

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Here’s a diagram for where black has a delaying move to make it a mate in 3 for the solution first move. Houdini gives a multitude of other mate in 3’s. I’ve got the book, it’s great but I think there are a few errors in it problems with more than one solution but only one olution listed at the back. If you can get your hands on them Laszlo Polgar has written or compiled some other books that are worth looking at.

There’s one for Middlegame problems, one for Endgame puzzles and some others. The exact titles escape me at the moment.

I absolutely hate castling problems like that. There is absolutely no context saying white hasn’t moved his king or that rook, other than the fact it is supposed to be Mate in 2. Those kinds of puzzles suck. It is a convention that in a problem, if it looks like a side can castle, then that side can castle unless you can prove the king or rook must have moved previously in all legal games leading to that position.

It is a written convention, in the Codex of Chess Composition. Much like how white always moves first in a game of chess. And also how white moves first if a problem is just “Mate in x” where no side to move is given.

Unless of course you can prove that black cannot have made the last move The solution given is Ra1. But, if Black can castle, then the engine says it is only a mate in 5!


May 24, 1. White to move, Mate in 2. May 24, 2. May 24, 3. Argh, can’t believe I didn’t see that!

May 24, 4. May 24, 5. For enthusiasts, 2 more puzzles: Oct 13, 6. Oct 13, 7. Oct 13, 8.

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Jun 4, 9. Jun 4, If I think I have an alternate solution I make a note to check it on Shredder later. Puzzle error – checked with Houdini.

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