© Jonathan Whitcomb 2011 Tactical motif: smothered mate The position at the left shows white is a piece and a pawn down, but the black king is bottled up. The two potential smothered mate squares for the white knights are f7 and g6. The combination that wins the game for white involves a smothered mate, but where? Only one black piece protects f7, but g6 has four protectors. Still, deep analysis reveals some- thing incredible: Sacrificing the queen at h7, and then a knight at f7, eliminates all four defenders of g6; mate finally comes at g6. What a chess finesse! Living Pterosaurs in Papua New Guinea Although not yet acknowledged in Western biology, the ropen of Papua New Guinea has become recognized as a valid cryptid in cryptozoology. Contrary to some older online sources, “ropen does not signify a distinct type of flying creature different from the duwas. (”Duah” is probably a Western distortion of the word used by some natives: “duwas.”) With descriptions including “no feathers” (Gideon Koro) and a tail “at least ten or fifteen” long (Duane Hodgkinson), this flying creature is at least somewhat like a Rhamphorhynchoid (long- tailed) pterosaur, notwithstanding it is a giant one. One place where it is more often seen is on Mount Bel, on Umboi Island. Chess Middle Game Truth can be stranger than fiction. Mount Bel on Umboi Island, Papua New Guinea