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Penrose Institute Chess Puzzle (White to move and draw or win)

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Chess Puzzle

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The puzzle above may seem hopeless for white, with just a King and four pawns remaining, but it is possible to draw and even win.

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Scientists have constructed it in a way to confound a chess computer, which would normally consider that it is a win for black.

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However an average chess-playing human should be able to see that a draw is possible.

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A chess computer struggles because it looks like an impossible position, even though it is perfectly legal.

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The three bishops forces the computer to perform a massive search of possible positions that will rapidly expand to something that exceeds all the computational power on planet earth.

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Humans attempting the problem are advised to find some peace and quiet and notice how the solution that arises. Was there a flash of insight? Did you need to leave the puzzle for a while and come back to it?

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The main goal is to force a draw, although it is even possible to trick black into a blunder that might allow white to win.

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The first person who can demonstrate the solution legally will receive a bonus prize.

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Both humans, computers and even quantum computers are invited to play the game and solutions should be emailed to puzzles@penroseinstitute.com .

Both humans, computers and even quantum computers are invited to play the game and solutions should be emailed to puzzles@penroseinstitute.com .

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[Text above is a sidebar from an article in The Telegraph; we assume this is the text from the Penrose Institute. ]

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DMU Timestamp: February 21, 2017 15:38

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