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July 11, 2013

Knights of the square table — white to move and mate in 2

Why was Sir Galahad a poor chess player? His indulgent knight life. With this hint in mind please try to find how white forces mate in two.

White’s pieces surround black’s king like enemy soldiers who have stormed the castle and entered the king’s bedroom. Meanwhile, black’s soldiers are all on the other side of the castle chatting with Queen Guinevere and her maids in waiting and unable to protect their liege. 

White’s first blow is to move its knight to f6. White’s queen now threatens to move to h7 with the support of the knight, mating black. Black must capture the knight with its g7 pawn. White’s bishop then delivers the death blow by capturing black’s pawn on f6, mating black. 

Many of the top professional knights of the square table are playing in Beijing this month. They won’t enjoy much knight life until July 17, when the tournament ends.

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