The Walking Dead - The Walking Dead: Season 2 - Episode 2: A House Divided
As an chess enthusiast I couldn't help but to recreate the board position which Carver commented on just to see if I could checkmate white in 3 moves as he claimed. I was assuming that it was black to move. Problem is that it is impossible regardless of who's turn it was to move. How and why? After unsuccessfully attempting it myself as both black and white to move I turned to a chess program (Chessmaster: Grandmaster Edition) to analyze the position and to solve for mate in 3 for both colors to move. The program was unable to do in 3 nor, 4, or 5, or 6, or even 7 moves....After it paused for over 10 min to analyze on 8 moves I closed the program as it was pointless considering 7 moves so far proved impossible. Finally, in a last ditch for an answer I called my close friend Rodion tonight who is a FIDE Master (rating 2273) and plays professionally. He told me that it was theoretically impossible and that most games like this end up as a draw at the highest levels.
The actual position recreated in 2d for easy viewing.
Okay so this tells me that this means one or more of several things.
1) Carver was full of it and/or was lying to manipulate Clem to appear smarter than he really is.
2) TTG set up a incorrect position and perhaps overlooking that members here would actually analyze the endgame for discussion.
3) TTG deliberately set up the incorrect position not caring if the endgame was analyzed later for details or that it was meant for symbolic meaning/foreshadowing only.
What do you guys think?