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January 20, 2018

Mini Chess Thread 01-20-2018

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A Real Man's Study

Remember, the chess thread is (also) an open thread, so it is impossible to post a comment that is OT.

Easier Problem - White To Play (606)

I think that the correct first move is rather obvious. So obvious, in fact, that many of you will probably be tempted to immediately yell "Woohoo! Solved another one!" and run a victory lap. Not so fast. Because Black has a reply that will render your first move null and void, and you'll be stuck -- unless, of course, you find the correct White response. So your answer should be of the form:

1. White's KILLER first move: ________________
2. Black's AWESOME response: ________________
3. White's DEVASTATING finish:________________

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5k2/6p1/p2q3p/b7/2QB4/7P/P5P1/6K1 w - - 0 1

More Challenging Problem - White To Play (BWTC 75)

Hint: White must smash through Black's defenses in order for his bishops to have their full effect

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k3r3/pp1rn1pp/P1p3q1/2P2b2/Q1B2B2/4p3/6PP/R4RK1 w - - 0 1

For the 'Ettes -- Dress Pr0n!

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Solutions Update

Easier Problem - White To Play

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5k2/6p1/p2q3p/b7/2QB4/7P/P5P1/6K1 w - - 0 1


Pins lack's queen. But...


White's pin is now of no use since his Bishop is now also pinned. But he can wriggle free with

2.Qf4+! and Black's loss of material is decisive.

Or, alternatively, Black can forget the counter-pin and try something less sharp:


To defend the queen. But that also falls short: 2.Qf4+ Ke7 3.Qe5+ Kd7 4.Qxg7+ Kd8 5.Bxd6 Bxd6 6.Qxh6 and wins.

More Challenging Problem - To Play

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k3r3/pp1rn1pp/P1p3q1/2P2b2/Q1B2B2/4p3/6PP/R4RK1 w - - 0 1

The decision tree is long, but narrow. It's a mate in 6:

1. axb7+ Rxb7
2. Qxa7+ Rxa7
3. Rxa7+ Kxa7
4. Ra1+ Kb7
5. Ba6+ Ka7 (or 5...Ka8)
6. Bc8#

Hope to see you all again next week!


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.


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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