Posers and Puzzles

Posers and Puzzles

  1. UK
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    23 Mar '20 13:143 edits
    I found this position oddly satisfying (not just because I won :-)). I thought I would post it and maybe you'll enjoy it as much as I did.

    Find strongest combination for black:
  2. SubscriberAThousandYoung
    No need for violence
    tinyurl.com/y9866mgt
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    23 Mar '20 21:58
    1...a5
  3. Joined
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    24 Mar '20 08:10
    @AThousandYoung

    Keep trying. I think that would lose the game. Its the next two moves which makes a positive result for black.
  4. UK
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    24 Mar '20 08:43
    @AThousandYoung

    Ah yes, that seems to work. Sorry I was half asleep when I wrote last comment 🙂. Haha, different method than I did. I went pawn check.
  5. Subscribersonhouse
    Fast and Curious
    slatington, pa, usa
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    31 Mar '20 15:26

    Removed by poster

  6. Joined
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    25 Apr '20 08:472 edits
    @Peter-Ashley-2

    I don't think a pawn breakthrough works because the white king is in time to stop any pawn that gets through. 1...a5 2.bxa5 b4 3.axb4 d4+ ( surely not 3...cxb4 4.cxb4) 4.cxd4 cxb4 and now whites king is in time to scoop up the b pawn and since he now has the farthest outside passed pawn he wins. If on the other hand 1... a5 2.bxa5 Kc6 was the plan then I guess it's actually more straight forward than the continuation I would have played.

    1...d4+ 2.cxd4
    ( 2.Kd3 dxc3 3.bxc5+ Kxc5 4.Kxc3 a5 5.f3 b4+ 6.axb4+ axb4+ 7.Kb3 Kd4 8.g4 fxg4 9.fxg4 hxg4 10.f5 Ke5 )
    2...c4 3.Kd2
    ( 3.f3 Kd5 4.g4 hxg4 5.fxg4 fxg4 6.f5 g3 7.h5 g2 8.Kf2 c3 9.f6 gxf6 10.h6 c2 11.h7 c1=Q 12.h8=Q g1=Q+ 13.Kf3 Qce3# )
    3...Kd5 4.Kc3 a6 5.f3 g6 6.g4 fxg4 7.fxg4 hxg4 8.f5 gxf5 9.h5 g3 10.h6 g2 11.h7 g1=Q 12.h8=Q Qc1#

    I tried to put this into a pgn but it doesn't seem to be able to read the variations. I'll leave it like this if someone knows how to get it to work.
  7. Joined
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    25 Apr '20 19:41
    @Peter-Ashley-2
    Patience, I think. Mainly patience. The computer seems to suggest d4 followed by c4 and Kd5, which looks good positionally and may work for a good endgame player. In any case, I believe positionally black is better anyway and his best bet is to slowly work towards a break-through. He probably will have one at some point; white never will.
  8. Standard memberwolfgang59
    surviving
    Covid-19
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    26 Apr '20 09:21
    @peter-ashley-2 said
    Sorry I was half asleep when I wrote last comment
    Yeah ... you forgot which userid to use!
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