Test your chess: daily chess puzzle # 145


White to play: mate in two;

And, why is the position illegal?

John J Dolan, 1938, SA Chess magazine

An oddity in a games puzzle compendium, but actually a welcome one, for the second part. It took me a few minutes to realise that black’s pawn positions required more captures than there are white pieces off the board, so, as this is not shogi, the position is illegal.

The puzzle itself just needed a bit of work before finding 1 Bh8!

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