## Nutty Knights Problem 1

```       a     b     c     d     e     f     g     h
+=====+=====+=====+=====+=====+=====+=====+=====+
|     |     |     |     |     |     |     |     |   Ralph Betza
8   |     |     |     |     |     |     |     |     |   March 1997
+-----+-----+-----+-----+-----+-----+-----+-----+
|     |     |     |     |     |     |     |     |
7   |     |     |   K |     |     |     |     |     |
+-----+-----+-----+-----+-----+-----+-----+-----+
|     |     |     |     |     |     |     |     |
6   |     |     |     |     |     |     |     |     |
+-----+-----+-----+-----+-----+-----+-----+-----+
|     |     |     |     |     |     |     |     |
5   |  *p |     |     |     |     |     |     |     |
+-----+-----+-----+-----+-----+-----+-----+-----+
|     |     |     |     |     |  fhN|     |     |
4   |  *p |     |  *k | fbNF|     | rlbK|     |     |
+-----+-----+-----+-----+-----+-----+-----+-----+
|     |     |     |     |     |     |     |     |
3   |     |     |     |     |     |   P |     |     |
+-----+-----+-----+-----+-----+-----+-----+-----+
|     |     |     |     |     |     |     |     |
2   |     |     | fbNF|     |     |     |     |     |
+-----+-----+-----+-----+-----+-----+-----+-----+
|     |     |     |     |     |     |     |     |
1   |     |     |     |     |     |     |     |     |
+=====+=====+=====+=====+=====+=====+=====+=====+
8/2K5/8/p7/p1k(fbNF)1(fhNrlbK)2/5P2/2(fbNF)5/8/
2#
```
This problem is a simple mate in two (White must find the best move, and then give checkmate with his second move).

White has a King on c7, two fbNF on c2 and d4, a fhNrlbK on f4, and a Pf3. Black has only a K on c4, plus two Pawns on a5 and a4.

As you can see, White is playing with the Nutty Knights army and Black has, well, whatever.

#### Solution

You should try to find the solution yourself.

Because it's considered impolite to tell you the answer before you've had a chance to try, but on the other hand I don't want to have a separate page for the solution, you'll need to scroll down a while here:

```  1. (fhNrlbK)f4-e4  Kc4-d5  2. (fhNrlbK)e4-e3 mate
Kc4-b5  2. (fhNrlbK)e4-c5 mate
a4-a4   2. (fhNrlbK)e4-c5 mate
```
The point of this problem is to display the interesting shape of the mating net formed by the fbNF.

The solution is easy, the mates are good, the variations trivial. A mediocre problem, which is pretty good compared to many of my compositions.

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