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On Fri, 7 Apr 2017 21:46:12 -0700 (PDT), Offramp
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On Friday, 7 April 2017 16:28:50 UTC+1, Ken Blake wrote:

That reminds me of one of my favorite puzzles:

A game goes

1. f3 ?
2. Kf2 ?
3. Kg3 ?
4. Kh4 ? mate

What were black's four moves?

Why does what you said remind me of that? Because there are two very
slightly different solutions.


My very first thought is that the last move might be ....e5 or ...e6#




Close, but no cigar.

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On Saturday, 8 April 2017 16:59:25 UTC+1, Ken Blake wrote:
On Fri, 7 Apr 2017 21:46:12 -0700 (PDT), Offramp
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On Friday, 7 April 2017 16:28:50 UTC+1, Ken Blake wrote:

That reminds me of one of my favorite puzzles:

A game goes

1. f3 ?
2. Kf2 ?
3. Kg3 ?
4. Kh4 ? mate


My current thoughts are based on pawn moves for Black. h5, f5 and e5.

But normally, as I mentioned, there is only a single possible line of play in proof games like this. The trouble is that you have already told us that there is an alternative line of play.
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On Sat, 8 Apr 2017 12:15:29 -0700 (PDT), Offramp
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On Saturday, 8 April 2017 16:59:25 UTC+1, Ken Blake wrote:
On Fri, 7 Apr 2017 21:46:12 -0700 (PDT), Offramp
wrote:

On Friday, 7 April 2017 16:28:50 UTC+1, Ken Blake wrote:

That reminds me of one of my favorite puzzles:

A game goes

1. f3 ?
2. Kf2 ?
3. Kg3 ?
4. Kh4 ? mate


My current thoughts are based on pawn moves for Black. h5, f5 and e5.

But normally, as I mentioned, there is only a single possible line of play in proof games like this. The trouble is that you have already told us that there is an alternative line of play.



I wouldn't say an "alternative *line*". Rather, there are two
solutions that are almost exactly alike, but very slightly different.

If you give up, I'll post the solution.
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On Saturday, 8 April 2017 20:15:30 UTC+1, Offramp wrote:

1. f3 ?
2. Kf2 ?
3. Kg3 ?
4. Kh4 ? mate


The problem is the g3 square. That is why I was thinking of

1. f3 f5 2. Kf2 d5 3. Kg3 f4+ 4. Kh4 e5+, check but not mate. I am still looking.

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On Sunday, 9 April 2017 08:28:44 UTC+1, Offramp wrote:
On Saturday, 8 April 2017 20:15:30 UTC+1, Offramp wrote:

1. f3 ?
2. Kf2 ?
3. Kg3 ?
4. Kh4 ? mate


The problem is the g3 square. That is why I was thinking of

1. f3 f5 2. Kf2 d5 3. Kg3 f4+ 4. Kh4 e5+, check but not mate. I am still looking.


It might be that the Ng8 goes to either d7 or f6 to allow the king to go to h4.


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On Sun, 9 Apr 2017 00:38:05 -0700 (PDT), Offramp
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On Sunday, 9 April 2017 08:28:44 UTC+1, Offramp wrote:
On Saturday, 8 April 2017 20:15:30 UTC+1, Offramp wrote:

1. f3 ?
2. Kf2 ?
3. Kg3 ?
4. Kh4 ? mate


The problem is the g3 square. That is why I was thinking of

1. f3 f5 2. Kf2 d5 3. Kg3 f4+ 4. Kh4 e5+, check but not mate. I am still looking.


It might be that the Ng8 goes to either d7 or f6 to allow the king to go to h4.



You tell me when to post the answer and I'll do it.

It's very had to solve though. I didn't solve it myself.


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On Sunday, 9 April 2017 16:34:03 UTC+1, Ken Blake wrote:
On Sun, 9 Apr 2017 00:38:05 -0700 (PDT), Offramp
wrote:

On Sunday, 9 April 2017 08:28:44 UTC+1, Offramp wrote:
On Saturday, 8 April 2017 20:15:30 UTC+1, Offramp wrote:

1. f3 ?
2. Kf2 ?
3. Kg3 ?
4. Kh4 ? mate

The problem is the g3 square. That is why I was thinking of

1. f3 f5 2. Kf2 d5 3. Kg3 f4+ 4. Kh4 e5+, check but not mate. I am still looking.


It might be that the Ng8 goes to either d7 or f6 to allow the king to go to h4.



You tell me when to post the answer and I'll do it.

It's very had to solve though. I didn't solve it myself.


I looked up the answer online. I couldn't do it. It's a toughie, very clever!
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On Sun, 9 Apr 2017 13:12:36 -0700 (PDT), Offramp
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On Sunday, 9 April 2017 16:34:03 UTC+1, Ken Blake wrote:
On Sun, 9 Apr 2017 00:38:05 -0700 (PDT), Offramp
wrote:

On Sunday, 9 April 2017 08:28:44 UTC+1, Offramp wrote:
On Saturday, 8 April 2017 20:15:30 UTC+1, Offramp wrote:

1. f3 ?
2. Kf2 ?
3. Kg3 ?
4. Kh4 ? mate

The problem is the g3 square. That is why I was thinking of

1. f3 f5 2. Kf2 d5 3. Kg3 f4+ 4. Kh4 e5+, check but not mate. I am still looking.

It might be that the Ng8 goes to either d7 or f6 to allow the king to go to h4.



You tell me when to post the answer and I'll do it.

It's very had to solve though. I didn't solve it myself.


I looked up the answer online. I couldn't do it. It's a toughie, very clever!



Yes. One of the moves (I won't say which one, just in case someone
else here is working on it) is so incredibly counterintuitive.

And you of course now see why there are two almost the same answers.
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