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    Monster of the deep Kevin Bonham's Avatar
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    White to play and "save"

    This was posted on the Susan Polgar blog:

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    "White to move. How can White save this game?"

    White can actually do a tad better than "save" - and it's not that difficult to see how.

    Unfortunately because Polgar doesn't post solutions we probably won't find out if the win was omitted deliberately or accidentally.

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    Save the full point lol

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    I saw 1.Bb8+ Ka8 2.Bxf4 Ka7 3.Bb8+ Ka8 4.Bxh2+ Ka7 5.Bb8+ Ka8 6.Bc7+ Ka7 7.Qd8 but it loses for white.

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    Hooray! I found it!

    Continuing from my idea above, 1.Bb8+ Ka8 2.Bc7+ Ka7 3.Ra8+ Kxa8 4.Qd8+ Ka7 5.Qb8#

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    Monster of the deep Kevin Bonham's Avatar
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    I'd also be interested to know if this was from a real game and if so what black's last move was.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin Bonham
    I'd also be interested to know if this was from a real game and if so what black's last move was.
    1...Ka7
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    I think the blog is aimed at beginners so no need to look for a tricky complicated solution
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    Quote Originally Posted by MichaelBaron
    I think the blog is aimed at beginners so no need to look for a tricky complicated solution
    I get the impression the puzzles there are generally a fair bit above beginner level and this was one of the easiest ones.

    Frankly if you can see the first two moves of the simplest forced draw, the #5 is only one level of complexity up from that.

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    Question

    to Kevin Bonham :
    1.Bb8+ Ka8
    2.Bc7+ Ka7
    3.Ra8+ Kxa8
    4.Qd8+ Ka7
    5.Qb8#
    ... it is a very easy mate , but can you find the first 8 moves of my chessproblem at youtube.com :
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    Last edited by Kevin Bonham; 15-05-2013 at 10:05 PM.

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    Marshall vs Marco 1904 Monte Carlo, white to play
    1k6-1Pp4R-8-2N1b3-8-6PK-rp5P-8.png
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    I must be getting weaker. I don't see it. Maybe I will if I set it up on a board at home. ...b1 =Q looks very strong!
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    Re7-e8-a8, b8=Q what am I missing?
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    Quote Originally Posted by road runner View Post
    Re7-e8-a8, b8=Q what am I missing?
    First move is correct, after Re7 black played Ka7
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    Quote Originally Posted by road runner View Post
    Re7-e8-a8, b8=Q what am I missing?
    Re7 Ka7. Re8 c6
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    Quote Originally Posted by James Peirce View Post
    Re7 Ka7. Re8 c6
    then Ra8+ Kb6, Rxa2 b1=Q, b8=Q+ Bxb8, Rb2+ Qxb2, Na4+
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