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The King’s Dilemma

Here’s a problem I’ve made for presentation.

White to move and win
(= 7+8 )

Try and solve it!

Who knows of similar problems? I have been unable to find one in either YACPBD or PBD.

Is this some sort of joke problem? Surely Black is winning if this is meant to be an orthodox study, e.g. 1.Bd4 f2+ 2.Bxf2 Nhxf2 3.Be4 Nxe4 and 4...g1Q#.

Well of course it’s not an orthodox problem, Geir. That’s why White’s king is in a dilemma!

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Now that it’s been a week, the solution:

1. 0-0-0xc1+! g1=Q 2. Rxg1 Kxg1 3. a6 f2 4. Bd4 Bb8 5. b5

Of course, it probably isn’t entirely correct after the first move, but the idea is now seen!

can't understand what is stipulated or what happened apart from the joke castling

The stipulation was White to move and win. The moves correspond to the board on the top of this thread.

Is this some sort of generalized en passant capturing? The idea is old, but I cannot recall a problem, apart from one by myself, which I don't have at hand right now.

Joose, the joke is that White castles even though castling is not allowed when a piece is in the way.

Rewan, You said "even (...) is not allowed" ... Black behave well, and he's a strong player, as we see, and soon he will be mating White. So White is the bad guy in Your 'problem' (or 'study'), because he is the one who cheats. Should we just contemplate the foul play, and root for the robber vs the cop?! Well, I'll just show here a concrete example of what I believe could be a Joke composition with an interesting plot. There will be shooting in the Saloon, Wild Bill is armed, but Calamity Jane can also have her turn... (wait just a minute, please).

(= 3+3 )
White to play, who wins?
*Vallajoke Chess

Zalmen, you nailed it - there must be rules for breaking
the rules. (Lewis Carroll would have liked that statement.)

A strange game. The only winning move is not to play.
How for a nice game of Calvinball?

(ROT13: 1.okn6 rc! BBB (kq8)! 2.n7 nal,
fvapr Juvgr zhfg cebzbgr gb oynpx)

(13) Posted by Zalmen Kornin [Sunday, Mar 8, 2020 16:01]; edited by Zalmen Kornin [20-03-09]

Good one, Hauke!

It may be somewhat impertinent to present a solution in a conventional way for such a trifle... well, after the introductory 1,5 joke movements, the resulting endgame GBR 1300.00 is a simple (and tablebase) win for White. So the answer is : White wins. (Unless Black intend to continue with the jokes, in the spirit of the Calvinball mentioned by Hauke, and play 2... uncastle, taking the Queen. But this is already overjoking: uncastles with the King in check, AND taking a piece. White could claim to have the Knight back to d8 AND the Pawn back to a6. Then Black would repeat the castles take Knight d8, and White would repeat Pa6-a8=Q, then Black uncastles again, then back to a6 and d8, castles, and White promotes with the joke-double step again, with Perpetual Joke. This alternative denouement would be totally in discord with the rules of Joke Valladão Chess, and nearer to Forced Joke Valladão Chess. Dark comedy. )

** Highlights, the beauty of the thing, are the attempts, after the key en passant joke, 1...Kxd8? 2. Kb7!, and 1...Rxd8? as analytical fundament for the joke castling move. (I even turned that nonsense to a funny 'normal' EG removing the hobby-horse from d8 and the jester a5, and would present that here as (possibly) new, but someone else has done us the favour of publishing it almost a century ago:

K H Hannemann
(= 2+2 )

White to play and draw