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1995, Page 1

1 - Mario Velucchi
Retro Mailing List, 16.3.1995

[8/2P5/P2p4/pp1P4/kP1Pp3/1pK1p3/1P2P1P1/8] [Solution]

9+7. White retracts his last move and self-mates in one

[8/2P5/P2p4/pp1P4/kP1Pp3/1pK1p3/1P2P1P1/8]


2 - Eric Angelini
Retro Mailing List, 24.6.1995

[7k/7P/7P/7P/7P/7P/7P/RNBQKBNR]

14+1. What is the smallest number of men who moved in a proof game?

[7k/7P/7P/7P/7P/7P/7P/RNBQKBNR]


3 - Eric Angelini
Retro Mailing List, 4.7.1995

[5k2/P6K/P7/P7/P7/P7/4P1P1/8]

8+1. Add 4 promoted men (The stipulation asks for men which must be promoted men, not men which might be)

[5k2/P6K/P7/P7/P7/P7/4P1P1/8]


4 - Eric Angelini
Retro Mailing List, 7.7.1995
Europe Echecs, No. 445, 05/1996

[2B2b2/p1pppppp/k7/8/8/8/PPPPPP1P/RNBQK1NR] [Solution]

15+9. First and last check of the game?

[2B2b2/p1pppppp/k7/8/8/8/PPPPPP1P/RNBQK1NR]


5 - Eric Angelini
Retro Mailing List, 16.7.1995

[rnbqkbnr/1pppppp1/8/8/8/8/PPPPPPP1/R1BQKB2] [Solution]

12+14. Black Rooks did swap their places. Shortest proof game in 8.0 moves.

[rnbqkbnr/1pppppp1/8/8/8/8/PPPPPPP1/R1BQKB2]


6 - Eric Angelini
Retro Mailing List, 18.7.1995

[r3k2r/8/PPPPPPPP/8/8/8/8/4K3] [Solution]

9+3. White made 25 moves; Black only 24. How many e.p. captures could have occurred?

[r3k2r/8/PPPPPPPP/8/8/8/8/4K3]


7 - Eric Angelini
Retro Mailing List, 18.7.1995

[nrb2b1r/pkpppp1n/1p4p1/8/8/2P3P1/NP1PPPKP/R1B2BRN] [Solution]

14+14. Could both sides have castled earlier in the game?

[nrb2b1r/pkpppp1n/1p4p1/8/8/2P3P1/NP1PPPKP/R1B2BRN]


8 - Jurai Lörinc
Retro Mailing List, 25.7.1995

[r3k3/P1pp4/7N/5P1P/5p1p/R3Pp1p/4p2P/6nK]

7+10. (Patrol Chess) Shortest possible checkmate?

[r3k3/P1pp4/7N/5P1P/5p1p/R3Pp1p/4p2P/6nK]


9 - Eric Angelini
Retro Mailing List, 27.7.1995

[2b1kbrn/1p1ppp2/6p1/8/8/6P1/1P1PPP1P/2B1KBRN] [Solution]

11+10. Could both sides have castled earlier in the game?

[2b1kbrn/1p1ppp2/6p1/8/8/6P1/1P1PPP1P/2B1KBRN]


10 - Eric Angelini
Retro Mailing List, 28.07.1995

8+16. Position after Black's 22nd move. Given the board is 8 mm large, try to reach the position moving all the pieces on less than 83 mm. (It takes 2 mm for the a pawn to do a2-a4; sqr(5) mm for the knight to complete a move; sqr(2) mm for the King to move diagonally.)

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