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


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Weekly Puzzles & Trivia

January 14 , 2019 - Chess Puzzle

Level One - Puzzle #634

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

January 14, 2019 - Chess Puzzle

Level Two - Puzzle #634

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.

January 14, 2019 - Math Chess

Level One - Puzzle #634

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

January 14, 2019 - Weekly Trivia Question:

Q #634: What is Edward Lee’s claim to chess fame?

Solutions will appear on January 21, 2019.

Registered schools are invited to send in their solutions before January 21, 2019.

Last Week's Puzzles & Solutions

January 7, 2019 - Chess Puzzle

Level One - Puzzle #633

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. Qf5-f6#!

January 7, 2019 - Chess Puzzle

Level Two - Puzzle #633

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: Sometimes seemingly safe positions can be fraught with dangers.  Take this week's puzzle for example.  Black's king may not be safely tucked away behind some pawns, but it certainly doesn't appear to be under any immediate threat.  However, in reality Black is completely lost.  By means of a clever tactic that deflects the g6 pawn White is able to force a mate in two moves, 1. Rh1xh5+!!, Pg6xh5  2. Qf5-f6#!

January 7, 2019 - Math Chess

Level One - Puzzle #633

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 e4, or e5.

January 7, 2019 - Weekly Trivia Question:

Q #633: Who said, “Life is a chess game of experiences we play”?

Answer: This quote is attributed to Timothy Leary while experimenting with the effects of LSD.

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