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    Random Puzzles

    I use the plural since I intend to use this thread for any future puzzles that strike my fancy.

    Black to move.
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    This is from an ICC blitz game between FlyingPiket and JRLOK, played in 2001.
    Last edited by Aaron Guthrie; 30-10-2007 at 08:18 AM.

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    1...Qb3+
    2.Kc1 Qxc3+
    3.Kd1 Nd4+
    4.Be2 Bxe2#

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    Boris-Yep, that is right. Black can play 2.Kd3, but then Ra3 wins.

    I found one of my favorite puzzle databases. Most are fairly easy when presented as puzzles, but nice (like the first one in this thread). So I don't know if it is worth people posting their solutions, since often it is just a case of seeing the first move. What do people think of me just posting the puzzle with the solution in white?

    Here is a puzzle from that database that is harder than the norm.

    Black to move. (Bulah-Petrow, 1951)
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    Black to move. (Bulah-Petrow, 1951)
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    1... Rxf3 2.gxf3 Bxb3+ 3.axb3 Qc1+ 4. Rxc1 Rd2#

    That took me a while, and I'm not sure that I would have found it in a real game without the prompt that I have a win.

    BTW, why do we have to mis-spell colour the Yank way?
    “The history of the 20th century is full of examples of countries that set out to redistribute wealth and ended up redistributing poverty.”
    “There’s no point blaming the tragedies of socialism on the flaws or corruption of particular leaders. Any system which allows some people to exercise unbridled power over others is an open invitation to abuse, whether that system is called slavery or socialism or something else.”—Thomas Sowell

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mangafranga
    Boris-Yep, that is right. Black can play 2.Kd3, but then Ra3 wins.
    I suspect that if Black didn't see that 2. Kxb3 resulted in .. Nd4#, this is all academic.
    “The history of the 20th century is full of examples of countries that set out to redistribute wealth and ended up redistributing poverty.”
    “There’s no point blaming the tragedies of socialism on the flaws or corruption of particular leaders. Any system which allows some people to exercise unbridled power over others is an open invitation to abuse, whether that system is called slavery or socialism or something else.”—Thomas Sowell

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jono
    I suspect that if Black didn't see that 2. Kxb3 resulted in .. Nd4#, this is all academic.
    Indeed. I thought it was worth mentioning anyway. Regarding what Black saw, his move before Qb3!! was Ne5-f3!!!, sacrificing a knight on e7.

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    Black to move. (Buczek-Maculewicz, 1993)
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    Solution in white-->1...Qa3!

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    White to move. (Chiburdanidze-Larsen, 1993)
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    Solution in white-1.Qxh6+ gxh6 2.Nf7+ Kg8 3.Nxh6# I very much like this mating pattern

    Should I keep posting puzzles? (I can't tell if anyone actually reads this thread)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mangafranga
    I very much like this mating pattern
    Me too.

    Quote Originally Posted by Mangafranga
    Should I keep posting puzzles? (I can't tell if anyone actually reads this thread)
    Why not. I'm not an avid reader but I do poke my head in from time to time and like a nice puzzle. You might even inspire me to revive my "white to play and mate in a ridiculously long and contrived way" thread.
    So einfach wie möglich, aber nicht einfacher - Albert Einstein

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mangafranga
    Should I keep posting puzzles? (I can't tell if anyone actually reads this thread)
    Please do. I appreciate them.
    There is no cure for leftism. Its infestation of the host mostly diminishes with age except in the most rabid of specimens.

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    Due to positive feedback, I am posting two puzzles today!

    White to move. (Bauer-Gollner, 1956)
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    Solution in white-->1.Rxh6+ gxh6 2.Qg8+ Nxg8 3.Bf5# (if 1...Kxh6 2.Qg5+ Kh7 3.Qh4+ Kg6 (3...Nh5 4.Qxh5#) 4.f5#

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    Black to move. (Blazej-Mikulka, 1930)
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    Solution in white text-->1...Nxe5! 2.fxe5 Qxc4+ 3.Kf2 Be1+ 4.Kxe1 Qxa4

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mangafranga
    Solution in white text
    I was looking for a mate.
    So einfach wie möglich, aber nicht einfacher - Albert Einstein

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rincewind
    I was looking for a mate.
    Me too. I've tried to educate at post
    There is no cure for leftism. Its infestation of the host mostly diminishes with age except in the most rabid of specimens.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rincewind
    I was looking for a mate.
    Me too. I tried to educate at the pseudo Andy Toh thread a week ago. To no avail. Carry on.
    There is no cure for leftism. Its infestation of the host mostly diminishes with age except in the most rabid of specimens.

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