Daily Rome Shot 643 & inspirational video

This might not have been recorded in Rome, but this is as Roman as it gets.

I can see them rotating roles, each taking a turn.

Think of the love of the parents for these boys.  Those are mighty fine kid vestments.  That’s a mighty fine altar.

And to those priests out there who think that the real Roman Rite is toooo haaaard… well… get over yourselves and get to work.

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Meanwhile, there is a puzzle to be solved…

Black is up a Rook. White’s knight is hanging. White has forking possibilities. Look at that open b file.

White to move.

NB: I’ll hold comments with solutions ’till the next day so there won’t be “spoilers” for others.

I wonder if the parents of these boys… I assume they are brothers… have made sure they know how to play chess. This is the age that they should get into it.

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9 Comments

  1. donato2 says:

    When I first began attending the Traditional Latin Mass after years of New Mass attendance, one of the things that struck me most was how more the TLM altars boys did and needed to know. I always think of them when I hear adults say things like “My dad used to attend the Latin Mass in the 1950s and he said no one knew what was going because it was all in Latin.” If a 10 year old boy can recite the Confiteor and Suscipiat and do all the rest that he does in the TLM, it does not speak well for the adult who claims to be unable to follow the Mass because it is in Latin.

  2. Humilitas says:

    WOW!!!
    When I see youngsters playing mass. I know the Vetus Ordo will continue to be available forever.
    I too have heard comments back in the 1950’s from people who claimed that no one knew what was going on because it was all in Latin.
    Simple solution: A hand missal explains it all and with translations too!
    I had one in 1950 and have used it up until recently when my daughter purchased a Baronius Press Missal for my birthday. The old St. Joseph Missal now rests in it’s place of honor.

  3. Gigot says:

    Grr, a Traditionis Custodes violation! Off with their heads! The Church will be in good hands, as long as we have youth like these. It’s as though the TLM is drawing more people to Christ.

  4. Neal says:

    1. Rb1+ Ka7
    2. Nxc7 Qxc7
    3. Qd4+ Qb6
    4. Rxb6 cxb6

    That’s the best I can do. Should be easy enough to turn that into a checkmate.

  5. JohnNYC says:

    What?! No Sanctus candle?!?!?! O tempora, o mores!
    ;-) ;-) ;-) Just kidding. :-) :-) :-)
    These boys are BRAVISSIMI!!! <3 <3 :3
    +++ Sancte Tarcisi, ora pro eis! +++

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  7. Synonymous_Howard says:

    1. Rb1+ Ka7 (if … Kc8, Qd7#)
    2. Qd4+ Qc5
    3. Qxc5#

  8. My take.

    Black is up a Rook. White’s knight is hanging. White has forking possibilities. Look at that open b file.

    1. Rb1+ forces Ka7 (threatens 2. Qd7#)
    2. Nc6+ (forces) Qxc6 (deflecting the Queen)
    3. Qd4+ (forces) Qb6
    4. Rxb6 cxb6

    1. Qd4+ Qxd4 (removes the guard of c6)
    2. Nc6#

  9. Panterina says:

    1. Rb1+, Ka7 (if 1…Kc8 2.Qd7#)
    2. Qd4+! (diversion), Qxd4 (or 2…c5 with the same outcome)
    3. Nxc6#
    The R+N pattern is a useful one to know. I thought it was the Arabian mate, but that’s when the checkmate is delivered by the Rook. I had to look it up: It’s actually a variation of the Corner Mate (cf. https://www.chessgames.com/perl/chesscollection?cid=1030472).

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