Daily Rome Shot 587, etc.

Have you ever had one of those days wherein it seems like the entire world, at the same time, wants your attention “NOW!”?

That’s my day so far.

Pardon my brevity.  I am trying to write a couple of things and study what I might use for ADVENCAzTs (if I do them).  I spent part of the morning healing the tech I use for ZEDNET. There’s a chess meeting today.  It is pour rain.

Meanwhile, because I’m having a hard day, here is an easy one!

White to move.

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  1. Kentucky Gent says:

    Seems too easy to even be a puzzle.

    1.Bxb8 Bg5+

    What am I missing?

  2. Adam Piggott says:


    Bg5 isn’t check – the Queen is in the way. But which also means that you can’t move the Queen because then you will be in check, which means that you just lost your Queen.

    So your opener is wrong.

    What is the best opener? I don’t know, this one has me stumped which always seems to happen when Father Z declares a puzzle to be an easy one.

  3. Adam: Other than that 1. … Bg5 was not a king check but a “queen check”, the Gent got it.

    A pretty easy puzzle.

    I think the thing this puzzle is meant to reinforce is that pieces can move backwards, in useful ways. The return of the bishop offering a trade leaves white a full rook up even though his pawns are not great.

  4. Kentucky Gent says:

    “Bg5 isn’t check – the Queen is in the way.”

    Yes, it was a brain cramp. :)

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