Dilaram's Legacy (solution)The solution of this problem uses the form of a series of checks, which is rather common for mansubats.
King c3; General c4; Knight e5, f5; Elephant e3. (5 pieces)
King e8; Rook a8, h8; Knight b8, g8; Elephant c8, f8; Pawn a7, b6, c6, d7, e7, f7, g7, h7. (15 pieces)
White to play and win.
1. ... , N f5 x g7+.
2. K e8 - d8, N e5 x f7+.
A hot pursuit follows, in which the white vizier joins the forces that pursue the black king.
3. K d8 - c7, N g7 - e8+
4. K c7 - b7, N f7 - d8+
5. K b7 - a6, N e8 - c7+
6. K a6 - a5, N d8 - b7+
7. K a5 - a4
8. K a4 - a3
And the white elephant tramples the black king to death:
8. ... , E e3 - c1, mate.
See the index of mansubat for a few more problems of Shatranj.
Written by Hans Bodlaender.
WWW page created: November 9, 1999.