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January 27, 2018

Mini Chess Thread 01-27-2018

Words of Wisdom

"Zounds! Their incessant yammering would drive me to Bedlam, were I not already there."

Of course, this is an open thread, so there is no such thing as being off topic.

Easier Problem - Black To Play (252)

Hint: Make use of the bishop on b7, which points directly into White's castled position

20180127 - Problem 1.jpg
r3k2r/pbp2pp1/3b1n2/1p6/3P3p/1B2N1Pq/PP1PQP1P/R1B1NRK1 b kq - 0 1

More Challenging Problem - White To Play (612)

Hint: Create back-rank threats

20180127 - Problem 2.jpg
3r2k1/p2r1pp1/1pQ3p1/3P2q1/P7/6P1/5P1P/2R1R1K1 w - - 0 1

Kasparov Replays His Four Most Memorable Games

Interesting video (h/t CBD) wherein Garry talks a lot about the psychology of what goes on during master-level chess games. He shows his mistakes as well as his triumphs.

Dress Pr0n For the 'Ettes -- International Edition

(Most of these can be clicked on to display a larger version)


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Uff Da!

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Hmmm... I wonder what country this little girl is from?

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(h/t European Beauty for the dress photos)


Solutions Update

Easier Problem - Black To Play

20180127 - Problem 1.jpg
r3k2r/pbp2pp1/3b1n2/1p6/3P3p/1B2N1Pq/PP1PQP1P/R1B1NRK1 b kq - 0 1

1... Qxh2+!
2.Kxh2 hxg3+
3.Kg1 Rh1#

More Challenging Problem - White To Play

20180127 - Problem 2.jpg
3r2k1/p2r1pp1/1pQ3p1/3P2q1/P7/6P1/5P1P/2R1R1K1 w - - 0 1

1. Qxd7 Rxd7
2. Re8+ Kh7
3. Rcc8 Rd8
4. Rcxd8 Qxd8
5. Rxd8 and White wins

A line that my chess app played found a different 3rd move for Black. Instead of 3...Rd8, it launched a counterattack with 3... Qc1+. There followed

4.Rxc1 Rxd5
5.Rc7 b5
6.axb5 Rxb5
7.Rxf7 a6
8.Ra8 Rb6
9.Rfa7 g5
10.Rxa6 Rf6

At this point, my app went astray with 11.R6a7?! Rh6 12.Rb7 Rd6 13.Kg2 Kg6 14.Raa7 etc., and couldn't see that the obvious simplification:

11.Rxf6! gxf6
12.Ra6 and wins.

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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