by SwissGambit on Jul 14 2010 06:00 | 10484 views | 4 edits | Last edit on Jun 01 2011 04:43
Newcomer liked chess as much as the next player, but he'd always hated puzzles. So, it was with a sense of relief that he discovered his first tormentor/guard, Milan, secretly believed that problems need not be so different, at least in theme and idea, compared to a real game.
To illustrate his point, he showed the following problem, composed by a distant cousin of his:
by SwissGambit on Jul 11 2010 01:27 | 10420 views | 3 edits | Last edit on Jul 11 2010 01:51
This blog concerns a place so nightmarish, so hidden and terrible, its existence is denied by the government. It is spoken of only of in whispered rumors, with a suppressed shudder.
The newcomer did not believe the rumors himself. A black-haired man with a goatee was sitting on a bench in the park, poring over a chess position. Newcomer noticed something odd – there were quadrupled pawns on the g-file!
K1k5/p5p1/6p1/6p1/6p1/8/8/7b w - - 0 1
Before he could stop himself, he was at the board. “That is highly unlikely to happen in a normal game!” he blurted out. “And white was awfully generous to give away three pieces to let that happen!!”