Chess 0: Chess Problems Begin!

This blog is partially known by its puzzle content. But it’s still my creation, so I still post content according to what I like.

Lately I’m interested in retrograde analysis; that is, analyzing chess positions and problems that require looking to the past. Say, can you figure out the last move (precisely; the piece, the squares moved from and to, the piece captured if any, and any other stuff) from this position?

I’m interested on knowing how many of you like this kind of content. If there’s nobody, I might post my problems only on Chess.com, or something…just see. 😛

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8 thoughts on “Chess 0: Chess Problems Begin!

    • If you’re guessing, you’re missing the point. You’re right, but you should be able to PROVE you’re right. No other possibility exists.

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  1. The solution process, encoded in hex:
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    686520626F74746F6D206F662074686520626F6172642C2061
    73206F746865727769736520626F7468206B696E677320776F
    756C6420626520696E20636865636B2073696D756C74616E65
    6F75736C792E20417320426C61636B20697320696E20636865
    636B2C206974206D7573742062652057686974652074686174
    206D6F766564206C6173742E20546865207069656365206769
    76696E6720636865636B206973206120726F6F6B2C20627574
    20697420636F756C64206E6F742068617665206D6F76656420
    66726F6D20616E79776865726520656C736520766961206120
    726F6F6B2773206D6F76656D656E7420746F20676574207768
    65726520697427732073697474696E672C20736F206974206D
    7573742068617665206265656E20706C616365642074686572
    652062792061207061776E2070726F6D6F74696E672E205468
    6973207061776E2063616E206F6E6C79206861766520636F6D
    652066726F6D2061372C20736F20426C61636B277320707265
    76696F7573206D6F7665206D7573742068617665206265656E
    207769746820746865207069656365207468617420676F7420
    63617074757265642062792074686174207061776E2C207768
    69636820636F756C64206F6E6C792068617665206265656E20
    61206B6E6967687420696E206F7264657220746F206D6F7665
    20746F2074686520737572726F756E6465642062382E205468
    657265666F72652C207468652070726576696F7573206D6F76
    6520776173205768697465207061776E206F6E206137206361
    70747572657320426C61636B206B6E69676874206F6E206238
    20616E642070726F6D6F74657320746F206120726F6F6B2E00

    (Edited so the screen is not broken)

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  2. Two very nice books for beginners are “The Chess Mysteries of Sherlock Holmes” and “The Chess Mysteries of the Arabian Knights”, both by Raymond Smullyan. Both out of print, but available in second hand shops.
    BTW: The logic of the solution starts with: Black is checked; therefore White was last to move.

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