Yes it really is a beauty. I could never create anything like some of these problems
and studies. (and I've tried.) and that inner feeling when you know you are on the
right track. The hard bit (and when doing these I have to throw the pieces) is making
sure you have bust all the defensive tries. Qa8 pinning the Rook when it was threatening mate in one. Pure poetry.
There is another variation if Black tries 1...Bc4.
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Not on this site. The best option is to set it up OTB and sling the bits
about. That way you get to appreciate it more and smell the wood.
There are other mates in 5 variations I have gave what I consider the
best two. (if you drop the position into an engine it may not realise
that Black still has the option to castle Queen side.)
That is an easy one to explain. When I drop a puzzle on your lap you know that
there is something there. During a game you never get that tap on the shoulder.
Experience gained solving these things helps you recognise patterns during play.
But one or two a week is not enough. Do middle game puzzles as often as you can.
Openings are memory, endgames are technique, it's the middle game where games are decided.
Oddly enough I touch on this, resigning one move from mate in the next blog
which I am fine tuning, maybe have it posted later today.
There is an incredible amount of games drawn by players not knowing how to
mate with a Bishop and Knight. (though it is not through the lack of trying)
One player has drawn this 4 times out of 5 Their one win being when their opponent
resigned as soon as the ending appeared because they assumed they knew how to do it!
In another game with a different player we get a KBN v K ending on or
about move 60 and the mate is eventually delivered on move 185.
I'm hinting that the losing player could have claimed a draw but it would have been
more fun to wait until they were one move from being mated and then resign!
I was just wondering why that one was so fresh in my mind.
When I do a WORD search though them all (410) to make sure I've not used a
game before or I am not by accident picking on someone by just showing their losses
I often see stuff I had forgotten all about.. In this case I was sure it was more recent than 8 years ago.
Maybe time passes quicker when you get older. I don't know, I've never been older before.
It was a good post, a catch up. New people here who joined during the pandemic
would have missed it the first time around. Someone who saw it will either use it
or avoid it. Consider it your good deed for the week.
Cannot seen why people are looking at average ratings of opponents.
Mines is 1450ish. I only played in the hardcore which attracts
a lot of players below that rating and few over 1900.
I cannot beat these 1900+ guys anymore as I blunder far too often.
Against the lower rated lads I still blunder but get away with it.
My current rating here (1900 something) is very close to my current OTB rating.
I think the saddest thing I did regarding rating here is when I was
1899 and lost in a game I should resign. I explained to my opponent
that I expect to win a few other games and it would be good to see
me over 1900 again and then I'll resign.
I have good days where I can see everything. but the numerous bad
days, which I do not recognise till after I've seen what I've played,
are more frequent. I don't mind losing but losing how I've been losing
in the past few years is frustrating.
But enough of the self pity. The top rated player cenerentola (2570)
his average opponent is 1740 so I'm not sure why it makes a difference
and why it should be an eye raising topic.