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    Quote Originally Posted by defrabbit View Post
    some pawns have moved out of their original lane and yet neither
    side is missing any pieces, so is the answer that it is not possible?
    That is a really good spot!
    I was too busy trying to think of a solution to count the pieces and look at the position of the other pieces. I think you are right, there is no possible way for this position to have come about.
    My wife says that my biggest problem is that I jump into things with both feet before I take time to understand the problem, I think you just proved how right she is; I feel suitably shamefaced for missing it.

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    the safety of the top-right corner seemed problematic, so I had the
    unoriginal thought that if the implied directions were misleading and
    black were moving UP the board, then you could use the bishop.

    While checking if the pawns' positions would support this, I realised
    that all the pieces are still there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by defrabbit View Post
    neither side is missing any pieces, so is the answer that it is not possible?
    holy moly, i didn't spot that when i came across this puzzle elsewhere



    the answer is supposed to be that the pawn on d5 takes en passant, but def's observation makes it moot - one often comes across boards that are set up just to be a puzzle rather than a genuine position, but i'll admit this one is probably too confusing

    mea culpa

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    now that I'm a chess grandpoobah I will wear the ceremonial hat,
    but I do not require you to prostrate yourselves in my presence.

    (I didn't even know what 'en passant' was until now)

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    Quote Originally Posted by defrabbit View Post
    now that I'm a chess grandpoobah I will wear the ceremonial hat,
    but I do not require you to prostrate yourselves in my presence.

    (I didn't even know what 'en passant' was until now)
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