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paulish 96 ( +1 | -1 )
Through the Looking Glass I’ve just read trough Lewis Carroll’s “Through the Looking Glass” (1872), which is the sequel to “Alice's Adventures in Wonderland”. I have a hard time playing through the chess game given at the start of the novel. This game, is a parallel to the story in the book.

Opening Position
White Pieces: Kc3, Qc1, Rf1, Nf5 and pawn on d2
Black Pieces: Ke4, Qe2 and Ng8

A few notes:
-Alice is the pawn on d2
-There are plenty of illegal moves and repeated moves by White.
-The task is; “White Pawn (Alice) to play, and win in eleven moves”.
-There is actually a mate in five, but this is irrelevant.
-Just as a curiosity I should mention that the Black pieces are referred to as Red in the book.

Ok, here are the moves I’ve figured out:
1. Alice enters the game as a pawn on d2
1…Qh5
2. d4
2. Qc4
3. Qc5
4. d5
4. Qf8
5. d6
5. Qc8
6. d7
6…Ne7
7. Nxe7
7. Nf5
8. d8
8…Qe8
9. d8Q (Alice becomes Queen)

Here I start to have trouble

“9. Queens castle”
“10. Alice castles”
“10. White. to Q.R.’s 6th”
“11. Alice takes R.Q. & wins” (R.Q. = Red Queen)

Can you figure out what just happened?
mate_you_in_fifty 8 ( +1 | -1 )
... why would the author follow chess rules anyway? it's a story,not a game...
paulish 42 ( +1 | -1 )
Excerpt from the preface; "As the chess-problem, given on a previous page, has puzzled some of my readers, it may be well to explain that it is correctly worked worked out, so far as the moves are concerned... ...and the 'castling' of the three Queens is merely a way of saying that they entered the palace... ...the final 'checkmate' of the Red King, will be found, by any who will take the trouble to set the pieces and play the moves as directed, to be stricly in accordance with the laws of the game".
fmgaijin 13 ( +1 | -1 )
See "The Annotated Alice" . . . . . or other reference works on Lewis Carroll for a full explanation of the chess moves and how they link to the story. Enjoy!
skeeterss0 24 ( +1 | -1 )
a helpful website... caad.arch.ethz.ch/~patrick/LOCAL/research/playground/images.html
achillesheel 19 ( +1 | -1 )
Paulish I think this is cool that you have worked it though this way. Sorry I can't help you (I have neither the time nor talent!). But I'm following this thread with interest!
paulish 39 ( +1 | -1 )
thanks skeeterss0 1. Alice enters the game as a pawn on d2
1…..Qh5
2. d4
2. Qc4
3. Qc5
4. d5
4. Qf8
5. d6
5. Qc8
6. d7
6…..Ne7+
7. Nxe7
7. Nf5
8. d8
8…..Qe8+
9. d8Q (Alice becomes Queen)

The rest of the game was easier than I thought; “9. Queens castle” and “10. Alice castles” does not affect the position at all. It’s just a metaphor for something that happens in the story; First the two Queens enters the “castle”, the Alice follows.
So the rest of the game is;

10. Qh6
11. Qxe8# “Alice takes Red Queen & wins”
paulish 1 ( +1 | -1 )
ops 10. Qa6 (not 10. Qh6)
11. Qxe8#