The 199 Year Old Chess Puzzle ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

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3nn3/2p2p1k/1p1pp1p1/p2B3p/r2B2N1/7N/8/7K w – – 0 1

Puzzle Details:
Alexander Petrov, 1824

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86 Comments

  1. Very enlightening. This put a smile on my face. But what are the odds that a game would develop into this scenario. I still enjoy these puzzles, thanks for sharing.

  2. Such intuitive knight checks: Peter Patzer could have solved this, but it's still a great puzzle.

  3. so Rook just jumped over the black pawns ๐Ÿ˜€

  4. Old but gold puzzle! The ages of this puzzle isn't changed the fact that this is very good puzzle!

  5. someone spent a loooong time composing that.

    but it's actually fairly easy because all king moves are forced…. if you found the first one, you solved it, really.

  6. Check
    Check
    Check
    Check
    Check
    Check
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    Check
    Check
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    Checkmate

  7. White to play and knightmare the black king in 12 moves

  8. If white King is h4, Knight g4 is h2 and black pawn h5 is gone. Now mate in 13. And black King is h6

  9. I'm going to figure this out. White has so much under fire. He's going to lose something. This definitely requires calculation.

  10. If you would have waited 1 more year just to say "The 200 Year Old Chess Puzzle". It would be epic.

  11. The only question is how did the rook appear there on a4?..

  12. 3nn3/2p2p2/1p1pp1p1/p2B2kn/r2BK2p/4N3/5N2/8 w – – 0 1

    Now board is 3 black Knight but mate is 14

  13. What impressed me the most about this puzzle is the phrase, "a knight on the rim is grim." A knight controls a lot more squares in the middle of the board than on the edge, but in this puzzle, the only way to win is to have your knights stay on the squares either on the edge or close to edge. Never in this puzzle can a knight legally move to 6 spaces. When a knight in the center can move to up to 8 different squares.

  14. That's something else. This puzzle will be celebrating its bicentennial next year…poor Black king to this day is still being hounded by the White knights…๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ

  15. It would be worth playing every game with an eye to getting to this position. If ever possible. Then check, check, check ….

  16. It was a mate in 12, and I actually calculated up to 10 moves.
    I'm really surprised and amazed to see the solution.
    Keep it up for bringing such amazing puzzles!

  17. What's ironic about it is that it appears the King will be mated while it's seemingly trapped in the corner….but it ultimately gets mated in open space.

  18. The time that the black king shamefully walk forced to the other side of the board and it ended in a checkmate to black XD

  19. white has made the avancement "how did we get here"

  20. ะะถะบะธะฝ ะšะพั‚ says:

    Knights chasing the king to his castle โ€” looks like this puzzle has some historical background. Is it one of the chess compositions devoted to Napoleon escaping from Russia?

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