Die Schwalbe

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Johannes Hermann Zukertort
Philadelphia Times 23/03/1884
a) 1. Kxf8 g5 2. Sf7#
play all play one stop play next play all
Max Lange couldn't solve it
"I set it up one night at Leipsic," pursued Dr. Zukertort. "for Max Lange and another expert to solve. The stipulation is that White shall force mate in two moves. Lange and the other man studied the situation and declared it couldn't be done, so I had to explain. You see," said Zukertort, "that knight could give mate by taking pawn [1. Sxg6] but for the fact that the rook's pawn could retake [hxg6]. Well, the knight at K B 8 [wSf8], thinking about this hindrance, gets madder and madder, until he gets black with rage. The moment he becomes black with rage white king is entitled to cature him as a black piece, and the solution runs:
1. Kx Sf8, which has become black from rage.
Answer - Pawn move [1. ... g5]
2. Kt to B 7. Checkmate"
Henrik Juel: Here is one attempt, albeit pretty gross
1.Kxf8!? g5 2.Sf7#
The 'explanation' comes from past play
1.0 moves ago Sf8 was Pe7, there was a black officer on f8 (DTS), and Pg6 stood on g7
The play went 1.exf8=S g6, where the S was supposed to be black; they could not find a black S, so they agreed to let w white one stand in its place; but Sf8 is really black...
Question: Why was 1.exf8=DT# not played? (2017-10-21)
Henrik Juel: typo: to let a white one, not w (2017-10-21)
Mario Richter: I do like Henrik's solution more than the intended one. It shows Henrik's power of imagination and also some relation to P1166983. Furthermore it proves that joke problems usually can have more than one solution.
Zukertort's solution is at most a 'Kalauer', based on the german idiomatic speech "sich schwarz ärgern". (2017-10-24)
Ladislav Packa: 1.Kxf8? Kxh7! refutes
The basic rule of chess jokes: what can make white, it can also black. (2017-10-24)
Adrian Storisteanu: Laco, I'm not entirely sure. ChessProblems.ca Bulletin 5 (April 2015), p.139: "Here is the short version -- these two are joke problems, and the two, exactly as *I* choose to tell them, are the #$&% jokes..." :-) (2017-10-24)
Keywords: Joke
Genre: 2#
FEN: 5N1k/5K1p/6pN/8/8/8/8/8
Input: Mario Richter, 2017-10-21
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