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Mini Chess Thread 01-13-2018

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(h/t Misanthropic Humanitarian)

Easier Problem - Black To Play (225)

This position is from an Arab manuscript c. 1016 (!). The pieces on the board all move as they did a thousand years ago, which is why this problem is still relevant. Of course, how the Black king could have worked his way all the way down to b1 is anybody's guess.



20180113 - Problem 1.jpg
1r1r4/8/1n6/2p5/2P5/1NK5/R3R3/1k6 b - - 0 1


More Challenging Problem - White To Play (602)

Hint: Gain time by preventing Black's only real threat


20180113 - Problem 2.jpg
k7/8/1K1p4/4p3/5p2/1R6/7b/8 w - - 0 1


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Solutions Update

Easier Problem - Black To Play


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1r1r4/8/1n6/2p5/2P5/1NK5/R3R3/1k6 b - - 0 1

1...Na4+
2. Rxa4 Rxb3+
3. Kxb3 Rd3#


More Challenging Problem - White To Play


20180113 - Problem 2.jpg
k7/8/1K1p4/4p3/5p2/1R6/7b/8 w - - 0 1

The first move is kind of tricky, but it all falls into place after that.

1.Rb1!

Perhaps not obvious, but it prevents the annoying check 1...Bg1+. It also threatens 2.Rh1 followed by 3.Rh8#.

1...Bg3
2.Kc7

Threatens Ra1#.

2...Bf2

To meet 3.Ra1+ with 3...Ba7

3.Rb8+ Ka7
4.Rb2

Which threatens both Ra2# and Rxf2. The rest is just mopping up.

5. Rxf2 Kb5
6. Kxd6 Kc4
7. Kxe5 Kd3
8. Rf3+ Kc4
9. Rh3 f3
10.Rxf3 and wins

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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