Chess problem 1 by Christoph Bandelow

I thank Christoph Bandelow for allowing this chess problem, with a mathematical flavor, to be posted here.

Position:

  • In algebraic:White: King g8, Queen e2, Bishops a1 and g4, Pawn e6 (5 pieces),Black: King f6, Bishop a2, Knight b1 (3 pieces).
  • In Forsyth notation:
    6K1
    8
    4Pk2
    8
    6B1
    8
    b3Q3
    Bn6

bandelow_chess-problem1

What were the last 6 single moves? (retrochess problem by Christoph Bandelow)

Solution: -1. d5xe6 e.p.+ -2. ….. e7-e5 -3. d4-d5+ -4. ….. Ke6xPf6+ -5. e5xf6 e.p.++ -6. ….. f7-f5

This problem was originally posted at http://www.permutationpuzzles.org/chess/bandelow1.html.

4 thoughts on “Chess problem 1 by Christoph Bandelow

  1. I recently discovered this problem in a book of mathematics.
    As of right now (I’m open to being convinced otherwise), I’m convinced there is no legal previous move (-1).

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