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Ace of Spades Pet Thread | Main | Science Isn't Dead, But It Is Ailing - Part 2
October 17, 2020

Saturday Afternoon Chess thread 10-17-2020

mariam mansour UAE 01.jpg
Mariam Mansour (UAE)

We will have a fishing thread later, presumably. As always, the chess/dress pr0n thread is an open thread, so there is no such thing as an off-topic comment.

Pic Note:

Zombie from last week:

OK, here she is: The girl whom everyone in the chess world agrees is the most beautiful chess player ever to play a rated game -- a low-level player on the United Arab Emirates women's team in the Chess Olympiad several years back.

Here name is Mariam Mansour. She only ever played a few games, back in 2006.

She appeared out of the blue, played a few games for the UAE team, then was never seen again. Dazzling. She was FIDE rated in the 1800s.

Couple of things: I'm not sure I agree she's *the* most beautiful chessplayer. Or, at least, I'd need to see more photographs before I'd make that assessment. I'll let you morons decide for yourselves. Unfortunately, as zombie noted, there just aren't that many photographs of her online.

Also, Mansour's FIDE page is blank, no ratings, no demographic info, not much of anything. Which is kind of weird. It's like she doesn't exist. But zombie provided a link to one of her games, so we know she actually was a tournament player, however briefly. Not sure why she disappeared.

Beginner Problem - White To Play (1214)

Goal: White can force mate in 4 moves, and maybe fewer
Hint: perhaps you've seen this mating pattern before

20201017 - Problem 1.jpg
r3rb1k/pb3ppp/5p1N/2p2P1Q/1pP5/1P6/qB4PP/5RK1 w - - 0 1

mariam mansour UAE 02.jpgMariam

Intermediate Problem - Black To Play (1217)

Goal: Black can force mate in 4 moves
Hint: Don't push the h pawn too early

20201017 - Problem 2.jpg
r5k1/ppp2ppp/8/3P4/3NP3/1P2PKbb/PB2Q1Pq/R4R2 b - - 0 1

Advanced Problem - White To Play (1216)


Goal: It's a mate in 8!

20201017 - Problem 3.jpg
k2rn1r1/1p1b4/3p4/1P3p1q/2NNpbn1/8/5BPP/1R2R1QK w - - 0 1

Dress Pr0n For The 'Ettes:

20201017 dress pr0n 01.jpg

20201017 dress pr0n 02.jpg

20201017 dress pr0n 03.jpg

20201017 dress pr0n 04.jpg

20201017 dress pr0n kate 01.jpg

20201017 dress pr0n oktoberfest 01.jpg
Greetings From Oktoberfest

20201017 dress pr0n melania 01.jpg


Problem Solutions

Beginner Problem - White To Play

20201017 - Problem 1.jpg
r3rb1k/pb3ppp/5p1N/2p2P1Q/1pP5/1P6/qB4PP/5RK1 w - - 0 1

This probably could've been an intermediate problem, it's a little tough:

1.Qxf7 Bd5

Or 1...Bd6 2.Qg8+ Rxg8 3.Nf7#

2.cxd5 Bd6
3.Qg8+ Rxg8

Another smothered mate.

Intermediate Problem - Black To Play

20201017 - Problem 2.jpg
r5k1/ppp2ppp/8/3P4/3NP3/1P2PKbb/PB2Q1Pq/R4R2 b - - 0 1

2.Kxg4 Qh4+
3.Kf3 h5
4.any Qg4#

Advanced Problem - White To Play

20201017 - Problem 3.jpg
k2rn1r1/1p1b4/3p4/1P3p1q/2NNpbn1/8/5BPP/1R2R1QK w - - 0 1


1. Ra1+ Kb8
2. Ra8+ Kxa8

Not 2...Kc7?? 3.b6#

3.Ra1+ Kb8
4.Ra8+ Kxa8
5.Qa1+ Kb8
6.Qa7+ Kxa7
7.Nc6+ Ka8
8.Nb6# 1-0

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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