Dear Readers & Friends,
Though the current Corona virus pandemic severely reduces people’s opportunities for meeting, we are still free to think of and pray for each other. Whether we have already met or not, I truly believe that one day we will meet, in a perfect place with no more death, illness or suffering of any kind.
In the meantime, if you share my liking for puzzles involving good thinking, then I hope you can still enjoy a couple of fresh ones that I offer now today…
As you will have realised directly, the photo below of my wife and myself (in Budapest last October) was taken long before the current pandemic officially started. The fun challenge is to figure out exactly how many days ago the photo was taken…given that the whole number equals the sum of the cubes of its own digits.
I also have a wee Chess puzzle for you…
Imagine that White has an invisible pawn somewhere on the b-file.
Exactly where should that pawn be so that White (to move right after the pawn is placed) can force checkmate as fast as possible?
Solutions to the puzzles will be posted at the time of the next blog post (always God-willing of course).
Here they are now, on April 20th, 2020:
153=1 cubed + 5 cubed + 3 cubed.
In the chess puzzle, if White has an invisible pawn on b3, then 1 Qc6+ Ka7 2 Qb7# or 1…Kxa5 2 Qb6# are pretty, but I like 2 Qa4# even more!
With love to you all,