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7. Dennis K. Hale
“Prelates’ Partie”
Australian Chess Problem Magazine, Mar. 1997
(republished from The Sunday Mirror, 1968)
Black to move. The position preceding Black’s second
last move contains three pieces which must have
resulted from pawn promotions. It is possible to prove
on which three squares the pieces stand. What is the
position? There are two completely different solutions.

In both solution positions, the three bishops must have resulted from pawn promotions – none are original due to the pawn structure.

Commencing with Black’s second last
move, 1…b5 2.Bxa6 d5 3.Bxd5 (reaches
the problem position).

Commencing with Black’s second last
move, 1…Bxe2 2.g4 Bxg4+ 3.Kxg4 (reaches
the problem position).

8. Dennis K. Hale
Chess in Australia, Aug. 1977
2nd Prize
Beginning with Black’s second last move, what were
the moves that led to this position from a legally
played game?

The only possible position two moves ago is shown below.

The moves that lead to the problem position are,
starting with Black’s second last, 1…S(e4)xQ(g3)+
2.K(f1)xS(f2) S(g3)-f1 disc.+ 3.K(f2)xS(f1) disc.+.

These moves are precise and couldn’t be otherwise.