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July 28, 2018

Chess Thread 07-28-2018

20180728 chess pic.jpgWCM Narva Triin, Estonia

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

Easier Problem - Black To Play (Ch. 4197)

Hint: White's queen is vulnerable

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6k1/p4p1p/p2p2p1/P1pP4/3b1P1P/2P1rb1q/RP3N1P/2R2QK1 b - - 0 1


Here is something that grinds my gears. The Google doodle for Friday was in honor of the 114th birthday of chess master Lyudmila Rudenko.


I clicked on the The Independent (UK) link, which leads its story with

Lyudmila Rudenko, one of the world's most influential chess players, was born 114 years ago today.

Umm... Uh... No, I think. I understand the whole 'grrl power' thing, but you're not going to help matters by exaggerating and lying about accomplishments. Because when you say she's "one of the world's most influential chess players", you're saying she deserves to be put up there with Morphy, Steinitz, Lasker, Capablanca, Alekhine, etc. Seriously? I've been playing and following chess for getting close to half a century now, and I've never heard of Rudenko until this week. I know of no known openings she pioneered, no variations named after her, no theoretical novelties she introduced, no crushing tournament successes she achieved. And now it sounds like I'm belittling her skills, but I'm not. Rudenko obviously was a good player, and, in fact, the first woman awarded the IM title, and that's not nothing. But "one of the most influential?" Come on.

More Challenging Problem - White To Play (727)

Hint: Complete the encirclement of the isolated Black king.

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Dress Pr0n For The 'Ettes:

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(h/t The Political Hat).

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A Three-fer!

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Tiny Greetings from Norway!

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Think this is a Mom? First Lady Melania Trump visits patients Tuesday in Nashville's Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital.

(h/t Andrew Malcolm)


Solutions Update

Easier Problem - Black To Play

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Increases the pressure on the White queen, which is all that stands in the way of a checkmate on g2.


Not 2.Qxe1? Qg2#

3.Qg2 Qxg2#

More Challenging Problem - White To Play

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6R1/8/7k/5p1N/br3PP1/6K1/8/8 w - - 0 1

First, I apologize if the clue was not helpful, it was hard to come up with one for this problem.

1.Nf6! fxg4

There's not much hope in 1...Rb3+ 2.Kh4 fxg4 3.f5

2.f5 Be8

To avert Rg6#.

2...Rb3+ is still bad: 3.Kh4 g3 4.Rg6#

3.Nxe8 Rb6
4.f6 Rb7 (4...Rb3+ 5.Kxg4 Rb4+ 6.Kf5 Rb5+ 7.Ke6 Rb1 8.f7 Re1+ 9.Kd7 Rf1 10.f8=Q+ Rxf8 11.Rxf8 Kg5)

5.Nd6 Kh7
6.Rxg4 Ra7
7.f7 Rxf7
8.Rh4+ Kg6
9.Nxf7 and wins.

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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