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


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Weekly Puzzles & Trivia

December 10 , 2018 - Chess Puzzle

Level One - Puzzle #629

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

December 10, 2018 - Chess Puzzle

Level Two - Puzzle #629

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.

December 10, 2018 - Math Chess

Level One - Puzzle #629

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

December 10, 2018 - Weekly Trivia Question:

Q #629: Which opponent did world champion Dr. Emanuel Lasker believe to have hypnotic powers?

Solutions will appear on December 17, 2018.

Registered schools are invited to send in their solutions before December 17, 2018.

Last Week's Puzzles & Solutions

December 3, 2018 - Chess Puzzle

Level One - Puzzle #628

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. Nf5xe7#!

December 3, 2018 - Chess Puzzle

Level Two - Puzzle #628

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:  The "smothered mate" is one of the most exciting ways to end a game.  Novice players are often delighted with the pleasing effect it creates.  Indeed, even experienced players enjoy the mind over matter aspect of these kinds of checkmates.  The whole notion of sacrificing a queen in order to force mate with a knight has always been popular with all types of players simply because of the exciting nature inherent in these types of combinations.  Just look at this week's puzzle.  White forces a mate in two moves starting with a spectacular queen sacrifice, 1. Qh6-g7+!!, Qf6xg7  2. Nf5xe7#!

December 3, 2018 - Math Chess

Level One - Puzzle #628

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 d5 or f5.

December 3, 2018 - Weekly Trivia Question:

Q #628: Who was world chess champion from 1894 – 1921?

Answer: Dr. Emanuel Lasker was world chess champion from 1894 – 1921.

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