Problem: An Amazing Dilemma

In a game of chess between Mr. Black and Mr. White, Black was in difficulties, and as usual, was obliged to catch a train. So he proposed that White should complete the game in his absence on condition that no moves whatever should be made for Black, but only with the White pieces. Mr. White accepted, but to his dismay found it utterly impossible to win the game under such conditions. Try as he would, he could not checkmate his opponent. On which square did Mr. Black leave his king? The other pieces are in their proper positions in the diagram. White may leave Black in check as often as he likes, for it makes no difference, as he can never arrive at a checkmate position.


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  1. Dudeney, H. E.: "Amusements in Mathematics", The Authors' Club, 1917

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