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Player: Australia  Zahnarzt Subject: Charles XII at Bender


2011-11-19 06:55:25
The following tale is well known because of the book on Sam Loyd by Alain White, but if you haven’t seen it before, you will enjoy the tale that goes with Loyd’s problems. The story involves an incident during the siege of Charles XII of Sweden by the Turks at Bender in 1713 “Charles beguiled this period by means of drills and chess, and used frequently to play with his minister, Christian Albert Grosthusen, some of the contests being mentioned by Voltaire. One day while so engaged, the game had advanced to this stage, and Charles (White) had just announced mate in three.
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Mate in 3
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15Australia  Zahnarzt2011-11-19 06:56:21
Scarcely had he uttered the words, when a Turkish bullet, shattering the window, dashed the White knight off of the board in fragments. Grothusen started violently, but Charles, with utmost coolness, begged him to put back the other knight and work out the mate, observing that it was pretty enough. But another glance at the board made Charles smile. We do not need the knight. I can give it to you and still mate in four!”
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Mate in 4

16Australia  Zahnarzt2011-11-19 06:57:04
Who would believe it, he had scarcely spoken when another bullet flew across the room, and the pawn at h2 shared the fate of the knight. Grothusen turned pale. “You have our good friends the Turks with you,” said the king unconcerned, “it can scarcely be expected that I should contend against such odds; but let me see if I can dispense with that unlucky pawn. I have it!” he shouted with a tremendous laugh, “I have great pleasure in informing you that there is undoubtedly a mate in 5.”
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Mate in 5

17Australia  Zahnarzt2011-11-19 06:57:49
Nor would Charles permit Grothusen to leave until he had solved the problem. I tis perhaps not very remarkable that tehe minister, fearful of a repetition of such chess battles, left the encampment the next day and joined those Swedes who had taken sides with the Turks.” Later it was pointed out that in the first position, if the bullett had destroyed the rook instead of the knight, Charles would have been able to announce a mate in 6!
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Mate in 6. Have a go. They’re not too hard.

18Australia  Zahnarzt2011-11-21 12:44:00
#4 You hit the nail on the head for the first position cooljojo as did BlueScorp #13, but cooljjo gets an extra mark for giving the 2.Rh3+ line.

19Australia  Zahnarzt2011-11-21 12:57:42
And exto and BlueScorp, you\'re both dead right for the second position (except notation error exto 3.Rh4+ - a quarter point deduction, but first to post, so quarter point addition ). Comments on #15 anyone? 1... Be3?

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