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Paul Simon's
"Catch the King"
(Chess For Elementary Schools)


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Weekly Puzzles & Trivia

March 18 , 2019 - Chess Puzzle

Level One - Puzzle #643

In the above position it is white to play and checkmate in one move. Can you find the move that will "Catch the King"?

March 18, 2019 - Chess Puzzle

Level Two - Puzzle #643

It is white to play and mate in two moves in the the above position. Can you find the final moves that were used to "Catch the King"? Hint: Look at the Level One puzzle.

March 18, 2019 - Math Chess

Level One - Puzzle #643

On which square(s) would you need to place the black king in order to turn the above position into a checkmate?

March 18, 2019 - Weekly Trivia Question:

Q #643: What was the first English newspaper to publish a chess column?

Solutions will appear on March 25, 2019.

Registered schools are invited to send in their solutions before March 25, 2019.

Last Week's Puzzles & Solutions

March 11, 2019 - Chess Puzzle

Level One - Puzzle #642

In the above position it is white to play and checkmate in one move. Can you find the move that will "Catch the King"?

Solution: Black is checkmated after, 1. Qb4-f4#!

March 11, 2019 - Chess Puzzle

Level Two - Puzzle #642

It is white to play and mate in two moves in the the above position. Can you find the final moves that were used to "Catch the King"? Hint: Look at the Level One puzzle.

Solution: Black is in a lot of trouble in this week's puzzle, but how does White force a mate in two moves?  The answer isn't easy because it involves some advanced visualization skills.  In order to solve this puzzle it is necessary to be able to "see" a future position in which a seemingly blocked line is cleared.  Once this is established, White's forced mate in two moves becomes quite evident, 1. Pd2-d4+!!, Pe4xd3  2. Qb4-f4#!

March 11, 2019 - Math Chess

Level One - Puzzle #642

On which square(s) would you need to place a black king in order to turn the above position into a checkmate?

Solution: The above position would be a checkmate if a black king were placed on b5 or c5.

March 11, 2019 - Weekly Trivia Question:

Q #642: What was the first periodical solely devoted to chess literature?

Answer: The first periodical solely devoted to chess literature was the “Chess Reader” in 1955.

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