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A True story about Berger's problem

 
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 21, 2014 7:01 am    Post subject: A True story about Berger's problem Reply with quote

J.Berger's problem # 2837 was published for readers to solve in a popular newspaper. Shortly after publication the chess editor of the paper fell ill and was hospitalized for a long time.

So the solution was not published in the paper and in those days you did not have a computer to help you to find the solution. You just had to wrack your brains to find it.

One day the editor in the hospital got a visitor. The man was wretched with bloodshot eyes, unkempt hair, unshaven. "Mr editor" he said "You simply have to give me the solution to the Berger problem! I have tried over the month. I cannot sleep, I cannot eat. My wife is leaving me. Unless you tell me, I am going to remain in the bed in this very hospital room".

The allegedly true story ends here. I hope the editor did not make a missprint or suffered from amnesia
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