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MatPlus.Net Forum Competitions The Douglas Hofstadter challenge
 
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(1) Posted by Hauke Reddmann [Saturday, Jan 31, 2009 16:23]

The Douglas Hofstadter challenge


Composing chess problems is kind of unfair, for the same reason
as writing crime novels is. But even in the crime novel genre,
e.g. "Landschaft mit toten Deans" ("The Oxford Murders")
(not sure about both German and English title!) the author
gets away with naming the murderer on the first page in
broad daylight. (And snookered even me.)

So, why not pull the same stunt in a chess problem?
Kb6 Qb2 Pc2 Pb3 Pc6 Pb5 - Kb4 Qf5 Rf2 Rf4 Sf6 Sf3 Pe6 Pe4 Pe2, 1#

Obviously, this example suffers from the usual malady of
symbol&letter problems - almost everything is superfluous.
Surely you can do better! :-)

Hauke
 
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