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xxChess Puzzle #20 - The Taverner Problem

February 21, 2015, 10:41:14 PM by David | Views: 2235 | Comments: 0

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I moved this puzzle to the front page so my chess buddies here would look at it more often and maybe find the solution :)

This is a beautiful chess problem proposed by a Mr. T. Taverner back in 1881. White to move and checkmate in 2...  but... this is where it gets really interesting.  In all the other chess puzzles I've offered here on the Coffeehouse, the losing side is forced into a particular set of moves. The elegance of the Taverner Problem is that after white's 1st move from this position (a move that is seemingly completely innocuous), black then has nineteen(19) possible moves, and ALL of them result in white checkmating black on white's 2nd move from this position.  An amazing chess pr...

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