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MatPlus.Net Forum Promenade Newsflash! Lasker found dead in Alaska rathole!
 
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(1) Posted by Hauke Reddmann [Sunday, Jun 22, 2008 17:27]

Newsflash! Lasker found dead in Alaska rathole!


At least in the parallel universe written by Michael Chabon:
"The Yiddish Policemen's Union". Anyone who knows his Lasker
also knows he suggested a Jewish state in Alaska. Chabon
wrote a whodunnit starting from exactly this premise.
Alas, it's not Lasker ending up with a bullet but chess
prodigy and Zaddik-to-be Mendel Shpilman, who is on the run
and took this name to check in into the meantioned flophouse
(among Steinitz, Nimzowitsch et al.). Which clues do the game
on his chess board bear? First of all <sort of a spoiler but
ANY problemist will immediately know from the description>
it's no game but a problem (Chabon says he took a famous
Nabokov problem as source; can anyone identify it? It must
have a white pawn on b7.).

Hauke
 
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(2) Posted by Juraj Lörinc [Sunday, Jun 22, 2008 18:29]

Pawn on b7 by Nabokov? There seems to be #2 in "Speak, Memory" fulfilling the condition.
See:
http://blog.chess.com/Etienne/amazing-nabokov-chess-problem
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Speak,_Memory
 
 
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(3) Posted by Hauke Reddmann [Monday, Jun 23, 2008 12:47]

"Speak, Memory" it is, Chabon gave that info too in his afterword. THX!

Hauke
 
 
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