Exeter Chess Club [MAP] is a strong and thriving club in Devon (South-West England), established in 1895, which plays in the Exeter and District Chess League and the leagues organised by the Devon County Chess Association.

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Mate with Two Bishops

Mate is possible with two Bishops against a bare King.



Bishops Puzzle: 

I hope you will forgive my algebraic notation, but I found it easier
to read (since we know every move is a bishop).

White bishops start at b1 and d1, 
Black bishops start at b5 and d5.

01. b1-c2
02. d5-a2
03. b5-c4
04. c2-a4
05. a2-b1
06. c4-d3
07. a4-b3
08. b3-d5
09. d3-b5 (board is symmetrical)
10. b1-d3
11. d1-b3
12. b3-a2
13. d3-c2
14. b5-a4
15. a2-c4
16. c2-b1
17. a4-d1
18. c4-b5

This was not the first solution that I found, but I liked it because
it was symmetrical.

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Comment on Poe's view of chess

Barry Wood wrote a piece on this, reprinted in _Reinfeld's Treasury of Chess Lore_.

He suggests (I paraphrase), read Poe's passage.

Now say to yourself: "Poe has only just learned to play chess, and is still unsure of the moves of the pieces".

Read it over again.

Does that fit? Chess is like driving a car, after a bit you don't notice the gear changes and so on, you just enjoy the drive. Poe is still struggling with 'which one's the clutch again?'.