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|Sep-23-05|| ||awfulhangover: Nice, it took me 5-6 minutes. Then the -aha!-idea h3 struck me.|
|Sep-23-05|| ||Saruman: This one can also be found in Win at Chess. I thought it was rather easy since it was obvious to me that a backrank mate had to take place.|
|Sep-23-05|| ||lentil: 1) look at board
2) assess material
3) look at opposing king: is he boxed in?
4) find threats
5) note overworked pieces (in this case, black's B and R)
6) seek to exploit
|Sep-23-05|| ||JohnBoy: First of all, <krippp>, there is no perp. The white king slips to e1 and then white will have time to pull the queen back. The material disparity is too great. That said, it was probably worth a try, so - nice find.|
Secondly, <snowie1>, I don't think 22...Rf7 would have helped. It seems that 23.Qh7+ Kf8 24.Bg6 still is winning. This picks up at least an X, and with threats of Rxc6 and Ne5 floating around black's exposed king, the dark side is in hot water.
Personally, I thought that after 36.Qc2 f2+ 37.Qxf2 black cannot take the queen due to the back-rank mate. Only afterward did I decide that 36...Kg8 probably allows black to escape. Anyone have thoughts on this?
|Sep-23-05|| ||paul dorion: <Johnboy>
36 Qc2 f2+
37 Qxf2 Qd1+ wins for black
|Sep-23-05|| ||buzzymind: Pantlko,
I had an 1817 rating 25 years ago (I will have to admit my strength was 2000+ at the time as I was young at the time and improving all the time). After a 25 year lay off, Iíve started to look at the chess board again. Not trying to brag as I know I have a long way to go to get back into form, but this one took me 10-15 seconds. So, to answer your question it all depends on how quickly one is solving a problem and if the solve them consistently. I would think a 1400 rated player should have no problem with this given time.
Some speed chess would help me at this point. Not sure if I want to do that over the internet. Maybe use my chess computer at first, then the chess club. But, right now Iím reviewing openings and endgames right now before I think Iím half way ready.
My grandfather was an influence to me. He was a famous Michigan Chess Champion. He played some of the old time greats like Alekhine and drew him! Unfortunately Iím not that good and never will be, but I love the game.
Sorry to rant, but it has been awhile since I've been involved with chess.
|Sep-23-05|| ||The King Returns1: I didn't get this one. I stared at it for about 10 minutes, but didn't even come remotely close to the correct winning moves. If I'm lucky I can usually solve 2 puzzles per week (Monday and Tuesday puzzles!). I put what I think to be alot of effort into solving these, but usually I come up short. I know most people on here think that these puzzles are easy, but to me they're very difficult.|
|Sep-23-05|| ||Raskolnikov: I find it pretty easy for Friday: the black Queen has no space to retreat, thus it is logical to move 36.h3. After 36...:h3 the black rook has to defend the knight and the last rank, therefore 37.:f3.|
|Sep-23-05|| ||zb2cr: Missed it; never even considered the 36. h3 move. Oh well. Back to reality. I was hoping for 5 in a row...|
|Sep-23-05|| ||CapAnson: Yay! I got it.. of course if I were white OTB I have serious doubts I would have without the "white to play and win"|
|Sep-23-05|| ||alexandrovm: <hela><Am I a genius or is it really an easy puzzle for friday? (Alas, I guess the second one is true.)> genius? nah. But you know what? Why don't you get your GM title as fast as possible. Who knows, maybe you have talent ;)|
|Sep-23-05|| ||notsodeepthought: <offramp> Thanks for the clarification, I hadn't realized the key role played by the c9 square.|
|Sep-23-05|| ||ConspTheory06: <notsodeepthought> wow i didnt even know there was a c9 square...:)|
|Sep-23-05|| ||YouRang: Shoot! Missed it. I noted the back-rank mate threat and that the f3 pawn was pinned. I looked at (almost) every conceivable rook/queen/bishop move - even crazy sacrifices. But forgot to check the pawns moves! There goes my perfect week.|
|Sep-23-05|| ||Sasquatch777: <buzzymind> Check out gameknot.com for some good chess. You can play blitz or regular.|
|Sep-23-05|| ||kevin86: White's move is an odd sort of fork.He attacks knight and rook and threatens mate; the queen is taboo.|
|Sep-23-05|| ||Philidor: This one is beautiful, but 36.h3 should really make Black suspicious. Greed is one of the deadly sins for Catholics -- and chessplayers!|
|Sep-23-05|| ||snowie1: From the Crypt: <EmperorAtahualpa> I just gotta have my puns. Also, I'm glad we have some players that are helpful to us undergrads.|
|Sep-23-05|| ||notsodeepthought: <ConspTheory06> <wow i didnt even know there was a c9 square...:)> There is according to <offramp>'s post...|
|Sep-23-05|| ||snowie1: <Johnboy> Right,I ought to have placed Rf6 in view of B's visit on g6. When one is up to their axles in aligators...too late to drain the swamp.|
|Sep-23-05|| ||B9Tumor: Don't believe I have met my neighbor, but he is the next square over.|
|Sep-23-05|| ||al wazir: <EmperorAtahualpa: "Wolf was on CNN", is that cryptic? LOL> Wolf spielt Blitz, daher ist er Blitzer.|
|Sep-23-05|| ||charilaos: What if:
36 Qc2 f2+
White still threatens Qh7#, and black cannot play Qd1+ (then White queen plays Qxd1)
|Sep-23-05|| ||WMD: Then 37...Ne3+ 38.Rxe3 Qh3+|
|Sep-23-05|| ||MongoOnlyPawn: Greetings folks. I love this site and have been reading for quite a while. Never posted before but I need a little help here. This does not seem forced to me. Black can get out of this pickle via:|
36. h3 Nf4
37. hxQ Nh3+
38. Kf1 Nf2
Black slips a little further behind in material but retains his passed pawn. Certainly doesn't look good for black but much better than 36. ...Qxh3.
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