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Dilaram's problem, chess problems of 1001 years ago. Chess problems of 1001 years ago. Famous old shatranj problem.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Mark Lowery wrote on 2005-01-09 UTCGood ★★★★
Regarding the alternative solution in Hans Bodlaender article, if Black plays 2... Kh8-g8, then to me it seems that White has a second much simpler mating line than the one provided on the solution page (i.e., 'If black plays on his second move 2. ..., Kh8-g8, then white plays 3. Rh1 - h8 +, and the game continues as after move 4 above.'). Mate would follow with 3. f6-f7+, Kf8 4. Rh1-h8, mate. The squares e7 and g7 are defended by the Elephant at f5, forcing Black's King to move to e8 where it becomes entombed on a mating square. The description of Shantraj on the Dilaram's Problem page, and on the Shantraj page, seems to support this...or am I missing something? <a href='http://chess.markalowery.net/'>Mark Lowery's Exciting World of Chess</a> [email protected]