The Seaside, The Fischer Column  and a Black Trap

The Seaside, The Fischer Column and a Black Trap

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I took my pocket chess set to the seaside to study my pawn endings.

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I was hoping some beach babes would happen along and find me cool.
Alas all l attracted was a few curious seagulls and a stray dog that pee’d
on one of the Kings. Then the tide came in and washed the whole lot away.
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And from the Summer of 2023 we go to December 1966 and the Boy’s Life Magazine.

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This issue has the first chess column ‘Checkmate’ by Bobby Fischer. (page 87)

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I must get that issue to do the Space Weightlessness Experiment (what ever that is?)
and Customising My Derby Racer is something I’ve been planning to do for a while.

All the columns Bobby wrote have been collected in a book.

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I have read a few columns. They are warm, friendly. Keeping his young readers
up to date with his travels and his game notes are peppered with instructive advice.
(and no doubt adults started subscribing when they found out Bobby had a column.)

This weeks puzzle comes from the first issue. White to play and mate in four moves.


It is fairly easy and quite a good choice for a first column. Those new to solving
will try to mate with the Rook and Bishop (that by the way is a clue) and when
they keep mating in five moves instead of four they will eventually solve it.

I do not know who composed it. (does anybody know?) The Answer is below
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Last week we looked at a few games where a player castled queenside and picked
up a Rook on b2 or b7. Here is a rare event. Black castles kingside with checkmate.

odogg - eloluis68 RHP 2013


The Quickest checkmate with castles Kingside on RHP is in 11 moves.

Peterselie - Flagg RHP 2011


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A while back we looked that most successful trap on RHP.

1. d4 d5 2. c4 dxc4 3. e3 b5 4. a4 c6 5. axb5 cxb5 6. Qf3

There is a sister trap for Black which though not as successful numerically it has
it fair share of victims. One user ‘dicn168’ caught eight players with it last year.

Next we look at one of dinc158’s games, see the trap in action and then
we are treated to a typical Red Hot Pawn game. The last to blunder losses.


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The solution to the Fischer column problem.



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