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Steven Streetman wrote on 2011-07-19 UTC
Spartan Chess Puzzles - Solutions

Puzzle #1
Black (Spartan) to move and mate in 3

1.  ...	Lf3-e3+
2.  Kb1	Cb5-b3+
3.  Ka1	L35-c3#
Puzzle #2 
Black (Spartan) to move and mate in 4

1.  ...		Hb2-c1 = K
2.  Qa2xKc2	Kc1xQc2
3.  Ka1-a2	Ca5-a4+
4.  Ka2-a1	Ca4-a3#

Only by promotion the hoplite to a King can the Spartan win.
Persian moves other than 2. Qa2xKc2 result in a quicker Spartan victory.

2. Qa2-b3	Ca5-a3+
3. Qb3xCa3	Kc1-b1#

2. (any other)	Kc1-b1#
Puzzle #3 
White (Persian) to move and mate in 2

1.  Nd8-b7+	Ld5xNb7
2.  b2-b4#

Puzzle #4 
Black (Spartan) to move and mate in 3

1.  ...		Lf5-c3+
2.  Bb2xLc3	La5xBc3+
3.  Rf3xLc3	Wb4xRc3#

Puzzle #5 
Black (Spartan) to move and mate in 2

1.  ...		Wc5xb3+
2.  Kc1-b2	Hd2-c1=W#

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