Al Adli’s chess problem

This chess problem is about 1,000 years old and was supposedly devised by someone called Al Adli. I have no information about this character, but whoever it was, the problem has a fine, elegant solution.

As you can see, Black, whose turn it is to play, is in dire trouble. White can play either Ra1 or R (either of them)-b2 and it’s curtains for Black. How can Black survive and in fact win? See comments for solution.

3 thoughts on “Al Adli’s chess problem

  1. Do You know the moves who lead to the Al Adli’s endgame? Is it possible that a modern game, with other movements for Bishop and Queen, has the same endgame? Thank You

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.