Question Of Promotion

MAY 18 (3:00 p.m. ) By now, Holmes and I are pretty well acquainted with virtually every chess player aboard. Today we came across the following game in progress:

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We knew both players somewhat. When we sat down, it took quite a while before the next move was made. Suddenly Holmes said, "What an interesting game, gentlemen. I perceive there is a promoted piece on the board."

"Quite true," replied White, "only how on earth did you know?"

"Elementary, Mr. Wilson—really elementary," said Holmes, who then explained the solution.

The solution is indeed rather elementary.

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