1
$\begingroup$

Here be a hearty return to the original point of this series: retrograde analysis!

Number Of Moves: 12

Checkmater: White

Given Game:

  1. ? ?

  2. ? ?

  3. ? ?

  4. ? 0-0

  5. ? ?

  6. ? ?

  7. ? ?

  8. Nf6+ Kh8

  9. ? ?

  10. ? ?

  11. Nxf5 ?

  12. Ng6#

Cryptic Clue #1: The black king dies a lonely death.

Cryptic Clue #2: No white queens or bishops are allowed.

Cryptic Clue #3: The white rook pawns do not move at all.

Cryptic Clue #4: (Optional): What words awoke the time traveler who came from the blue train?

Task: To use retrograde analysis and give an answer with all of the question marked moves solved, along with reasons for each move and all of the cryptic clues. A simple PGN post shall suffice. A link is optional.

Good luck, and go find those notations!

$\endgroup$
2
$\begingroup$

Since the clue explicitly said:

Cryptic Clue #1: The black king dies a lonely death.

He got cornered and died alone.

Cryptic Clue #2: No white queens or bishops are allowed.

(No queen and bishop moves by white.

Cryptic Clue #3: The white rook pawns do not move at all.

No rook pawn moves by white.

I think the following move set do the job:

1. d4 e5
2. dxe5 Bd6
3. exd6 Ne7
4. Nf3 O-O
5. Nc3 f5
6. Nd5 g5
7. dxe7 h5
8. Nf6+ Kh8
9. exf8=N g4
10. Nh4 Qe8
11. Nxf5 Qe7
12. Ng6#

Given moves are bolded.

$\endgroup$
  • 1
    $\begingroup$ Please hide all reasoning next time. You must also provide reasoning why you chose the moves that you did. $\endgroup$ – Rewan Demontay Apr 24 at 12:48
  • $\begingroup$ Adding to what @RewanDemontay said, this is the retrograde analysis! (The actual purpose of this comment was more to do with reminding myself of that xD) $\endgroup$ – Feeds Apr 24 at 15:15
  • $\begingroup$ Hahahaha! And you are right! $\endgroup$ – Rewan Demontay Apr 24 at 15:28
  • $\begingroup$ Not sure what's more to explain. Since there is no bishop and queen to move the only possible way is using pawn and knight. $\endgroup$ – Shinjo Apr 25 at 10:15

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.