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July 15, 2017

Saturday Afternoon Chess/Open Thread (Featuring Dress Pr0n) 07-15-2017


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"New York, New York..."


Good afternoon morons and moronettes, and welcome to the Saturday Afternoon Chess/Open Thread, the only AoSHQ thread with content specifically for all of us chess nerds who pay homage in the temple of Caïssa, goddess of the chessboard. Also, dress pr0n. Each week, I pick out a few lovely, modest, conservative dresses for the 'ettes to admire and appraise. And, for those of you who aren't nerdly enough for chess, you can use this thread to talk about checkers, or other games, or politics, or whatever you wish, only please try to keep it civil. Nobody wants to get in the middle of a tomato fight on a Saturday afternoon.


Pic Note

3D printing is da bomb:

Created by architects Ian Flood and Chris Prosser, they’ve chosen an array of buildings from across the island. Their selections reflect the great history of New York; some pieces symbolize the early 1900s construction boom and subsequent skyscrapers, while others are more contemporary. The rook, for instance, is modeled after the circular Guggenheim Museum. Each creation has a striking amount of surface detail and is designed to fit the height and proportion of traditional chess set pieces.

They've even got a kickstarter project to fund it.

(h/t to the lurking moron ('ette?) who sent me this. You know who you are)


Problem 1 - Black To Play (515)

Hint: Black mates in 2


20170715 - Problem 1.jpg
6k1/8/8/3P3q/6n1/5PPb/5P2/3Q1RK1 b - - 0 1


Problem 2 - Black To Play (516)

Hint: Black mates in 2


20170715 - Problem 2.jpg
8/8/3k4/7q/3P2n1/5PP1/5P2/3Q1bK1 b - - 0 1


Problem 3 - White To Play (502)

Hint: White wins material


20170715 - Problem 3.jpg
1q4k1/4pR2/pn2r1p1/6P1/8/P1P2Q2/KP5P/8 w - - 0 1


Problem 4 - White To Play (BWTC 45)

Hint: White mates in 4


20170715 - Problem 4.jpg
2q1rk2/6bQ/p2pPppR/np6/3B4/2Pb1P2/P1P5/2KR4 w - - 0 1


Endgame of the Week (519)

White to play. This one is from an actual game (Capablanca-Lasker, 1914)

Hint: White can win even if he gives up his rook for the knight


20170715- Endgame.jpg
1R6/k1nK4/1p6/1P6/8/8/8/8 w - - 0 1


Dress Pr0n For The 'Ettes

I've decided to devote this week's dress pr0n exclusively to Melania Trump, whose fashion sense is exquisite, and who looks gorgeous in pretty much anything she wears.

melania white dress.jpg


melania long dress 1.jpg


melania gold dress.jpg


melania purple dress.jpg

I really like what Melania did here. The magenta dress she chose is quite conservative as befits the Saudi culture she was visiting, but she did not go with any head covering. It was if she was telling them, I will accommodate your cultural sensibilities, but you must also accommodate ours. Nicely done.


Finally, a Melania montage:

melania - 4 dresses.jpg


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Solutions Update

Problem 1 - Black To Play


20170715 - Problem 1.jpg
6k1/8/8/3P3q/6n1/5PPb/5P2/3Q1RK1 b - - 0 1

1...Bg2!

This sets up two threats: 2...Qh2+ and 2...Qh1+, depending on what White does. If he captures the bishop, then:

2.Kxg2 Qh2#

Or he can capture the knight:

2.fxg4 Qh1#

Either way, it's checkmate.


Problem 2 - Black To Play


20170715 - Problem 2.jpg
8/8/3k4/7q/3P2n1/5PP1/5P2/3Q1bK1 b - - 0 1

As in the previous problem, 1...Bg2 wins, but it is a move slower:

1...Bg2
2.Kxg2 Qh2+
3.Kf1 Qxf2#

The other two solutions are mates in 2:

1...Qh3
2.fxg4 Qg2#

1...Qh2+
2.Kxf1 Qxf2#


Problem 3 - White To Play


20170715 - Problem 3.jpg
1q4k1/4pR2/pn2r1p1/6P1/8/P1P2Q2/KP5P/8 w - - 0 1

1.Qh3

Of course the threat is 2.Qh7#

1...Kxf7

Forced.

2.Qh7+ Kf8
3.Qh8+ Kf7
4.Qxb8 wins the queen


Problem 4 - White To Play


20170715 - Problem 4.jpg
2q1rk2/6bQ/p2pPppR/np6/3B4/2Pb1P2/P1P5/2KR4 w - - 0 1

White can force a mate in 4 starting with:

1.Bxf6!

Black has five credible replies to this move. 4 of them lead to quicker mates:

1...Bxf6 2.Qf7#
1...Qc7 2.Qh8+ Bxh8 3.Rxh8#
1...Re7 2.Qh8+ Bxh8 3.Rxh8#
1...Bxh6+ 2.Qxh6+ Kg8 3.Qg7#

And then, finally:

1...Nb3+

This move doesn't do much, other than simply delay the inevitable.

2.axb3 Qb7

Or 2...Bxh6+ 3.Qxh6+ Kg8 4.Qg7#

3.Qh8+ Bxh8
4.Rxh8# 1-0


Endgame of the Week


20170715- Endgame.jpg
1R6/k1nK4/1p6/1P6/8/8/8/8 w - - 0 1

1.Ra8+!

Black does not have a lot of options, and none of them avoid the loss.

#1: 1... Nxa8 2. Kc8 Nc7 3. Kxc7 Ka8 4. Kxb6 Kb8 5. Ka6 Ka8 6. b6 Kb8 7. b7 winning
#2: 1... Kxa8 2. Kxc7 Ka7 3. Kc6 Ka8 4. Kxb6 etc. winning

1...Kb7

Black avoids the obvious captures.

2.Ra7+!

White can still afford to trade his rook for the Black knight.

2...Kxa7

Forced.

3.Kxc7 Ka8
4.Kxb6 Kb8
5.Ka6 Ka8
6.b6 Kb8
7.b7 and the pawn will queen.

Hope to see you all next week!


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Note: that cryptic line of letters and numbers you see underneath each board diagram is a representation of the position in what is known as "Forsyth-Edwards Notation", or F.E.N. It's actually readable by humans. Most computer applications nowadays can read FEN, so those of you who may want to study the position, you can copy the line of FEN and paste into your chess app and it should automatically recreate the position on its display board. Or, Windows users can just "triple click" on it and the entire line will be highlighted so you can copy and past it into your chess app.

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So that about wraps it up for this week. Chess thread tips, suggestions, bribes, rumors, threats, and insults may be sent to my yahoo address: OregonMuse little-a-in-a-circle yahoo dott com.


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