Daily Rome Shot 791

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Meanwhile, white to move and mate in two. Good luck.

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  1. TheCavalierHatherly says:

    A tribute to the day’s historic exploit?

    (For those who may not know, the croissant owes its origin to the seige of Vienna, as a flaky and delicious taunt against the Turks)

  2. UncleBlobb says:

    Bottom picture: Chiesa del Santissimo Nome di Maria al Foro Traiano

  3. BaltDeacon says:


  4. What? No one, today, about the cornetto and cappuccino?

  5. waalaw says:

    Black’s moves are limited. So the solution is to force Black to compromise its defenses:

    1. d3-d4 (leaving Black with only N moves)
    If N(b5) moves.
    2. N-d4#
    If N(d7) moves
    2. N-e5#

  6. amenamen says:

    1. P to d4, …

    If … Nxd4
    2. N to d4 mate

    If … N to e5 (or f6 …)
    2. N to e5 mate

  7. UncleBlobb says:

    The cappuccino in the back is yours, Father. :)

  8. Uncle: ha!

    The point is the connection of both the cappuccino and the cornetto with the Battle of Vienna.

  9. TheCavalierHatherly says:

    I didn’t know the coffee was in on it!

    “…cappuccino was invented by the Italian Capuchin friar Marco d’Aviano after the Battle of Vienna.” (Wikipedia)

    Monks and their coffee. And wine. And beer. And books. Really, all the foundations of western civilization come from cowls and cloisters.

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