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March 24, 2018

Mini Chess Thread 03-24-2018

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Taking Chess Seriously

Here's a tidbit from 10 Craziest Events In The History Of Chess:

Many modern players vent their anger by throwing tantrums, like Alekhine hurling pieces across the room or destroying furniture. But occasionally, games still end in blood and gore. The most extreme case was in Dublin in 2014 when Saverio Bellante stabbed his landlord, Tom O’Gorman, to death. Why? Well, Bellante grew incensed after O’Gorman called his king move “stupid and perverse.” Bellante then proceeded to cut open his victim and eat part of his heart. A jury eventually ruled Bellante not guilty by reason of insanity.

Emphasis mine. I've thrown my pen down on the floor in disgust after a game I was winning up until my very last move. The move, as you might guess, was a real stinker. It still makes me mad when I think about it, both the lousy move and me losing my temper over it.

As always, the chess/dress pr0n tread is an open thread, so there is no such thing as an off-topic comment.

Easier Problem - Black To Play (BWTC 242)

Hint: Force the White king into the corner

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4r3/pR4Q1/3kr3/2p2p2/2P5/2Bp1qP1/P3bP1P/4R1K1 b - - 0 1

Whoever's behind the "Howard Staunton" account on Twitter is doing a fine job. He's got the 19th century voice down perfect. Either than or they're just copying and pasting direct quotes:

More Challenging Problem - White To Play (WCSC 12)

I had a lot of fun playing around with this one.

Hint: Simplification wins

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3q2kr/1p3pnp/p5rQ/3N1p2/3P4/6R1/PP3P1P/4R1K1 w - - 0 1

Dress Pr0n For the 'Ettes:

The first two photos I found from searching for 'traditional Romanian dress'.

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Solutions Update

Easier Problem - Black To Play

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4r3/pR4Q1/3kr3/2p2p2/2P5/2Bp1qP1/P3bP1P/4R1K1 b - - 0 1

It's a mate in 4, but the decision tree is long and straight:

2.Kxh1 Bf3+
3.Kg1 Rxe1+
4.Bxe1 Rxe1#

More Challenging Problem - White To Play

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3q2kr/1p3pnp/p5rQ/3N1p2/3P4/6R1/PP3P1P/4R1K1 w - - 0 1

White wins by forcing simplification that leaves him with a bigly material advantage:

1.Ne7+ Qxe7

Other moves fail faster: 1...Kf8 2.Rxg6 fxg6 (not 2...hxg6? 3.Qxh8#) 3.Nxg6+ Kg8 4.Re7 Qf8 5.Nxf8 Kxf8 6.Qxg7#

2.Rxe7 Kf8 (2...Rxh6 3.Re8#)
3.Rxg6 hxg6 (3...fxg6 4.Qxg7#)
4.Qxh8+ Kxe7
5.Qxg7 and White has an overwhelmingly winning position.

Hope to see you all 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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