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February 02, 2019

Chess Thread 02-02-2019

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

Easier Problem - White To Play (893)

Goal: win some material
Hint: set up a queen fork

20190202 - Problem 1.jpg
r2qk2r/ppp2ppp/2np4/8/3Pn3/2P1B3/PP2NPPP/R2QK2R w KQkq - 0 1

Sweet, Sweet Chess:

More Challenging Problem - Black To Play (894)

Usually, the goal with these problems is to force a mate or win material. But this time, it's a bit different. This is an actual position from a Viktor Korchnoi game. His opponent, an IM playing Black, looked at 1...fxg6 2.Qxh6# and probably also 1...Qxg6+ 2.Bxg6 fxg6 3.Qxh6# and said to hell with it, I resign. But he didn't have to. This position is very much double-edged and Black can actually escape with a material advantage. How does he do it?

Goal: survive the impending onslaught
Hint: start by taking out the pinning piece

20190202 - Problem 2.jpg
6rk/5pp1/2pnq1Rp/1p1pB2Q/2nP4/2PB1P2/P4PKP/8 b - - 0 1

Dress Pr0n For The 'Ettes:

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Greetings From Croatia

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Solutions Update

Easier Problem - White To Play

20190202 - Problem 1.jpg
r2qk2r/ppp2ppp/2np4/8/3Pn3/2P1B3/PP2NPPP/R2QK2R w KQkq - 0 1


He'll have to do something about that knight, say 1...Ne5, and then 2.Qa4+ wins the other one.

Or you can write knight off and skedaddle: 1...O-O 2.dxc6 bxc6. Black at least gets a pawn back in this line.

This is one of those problems where move order is important. If, instead of 1.d5, you tried 1.Qa4, Black could counter with either 1...Nf5 or 1...d5 and foil your plans.

More Challenging Problem - Black To Play

20190202 - Problem 2.jpg
6rk/5pp1/2pnq1Rp/1p1pB2Q/2nP4/2PB1P2/P4PKP/8 b - - 0 1

1...Nxe5! is the key move.

2.dxe5 fxg6 and Black now holds a material edge. Or

2.Rxe6 Nxd3 (threatening ...Nf4+)
3.Rxh6+ gxh6+
4.Kf1 (not 4.Kh1? Nxf2#) and Black's material advantage is even bigger.

In either line, White's attack has been blunted.

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 paste 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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