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Aaron Guthrie
30-10-2007, 08:01 AM
I use the plural since I intend to use this thread for any future puzzles that strike my fancy.

Black to move.
r5k1/1p2Qp2/3p2p1/1PpP2Pp/2P1P1bP/q1N2n2/1NK5/1R3B2 b - - 0 34
This is from an ICC blitz game between FlyingPiket and JRLOK, played in 2001.

Desmond
30-10-2007, 08:08 AM
1...Qb3+
2.Kc1 Qxc3+
3.Kd1 Nd4+
4.Be2 Bxe2#

Aaron Guthrie
30-10-2007, 08:35 AM
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)
2kr1r2/p7/1p2p1pb/2pbQ2p/8/qPP2N1P/P1K2NP1/1B1R3R w - - 0 1

Capablanca-Fan
30-10-2007, 04:51 PM
Black to move. (Bulah-Petrow, 1951)
2kr1r2/p7/1p2p1pb/2pbQ2p/8/qPP2N1P/P1K2NP1/1B1R3R w - - 0 1

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. :eek:

BTW, why do we have to mis-spell colour the Yank way?:evil:

Capablanca-Fan
30-10-2007, 04:55 PM
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. :uhoh:

Aaron Guthrie
30-10-2007, 05:07 PM
I suspect that if Black didn't see that 2. Kxb3 resulted in .. Nd4#, this is all academic. :uhoh: Indeed. I thought it was worth mentioning anyway. Regarding what Black saw, his move before Qb3!! was Ne5-f3!!!, sacrificing a knight on e7.

Aaron Guthrie
31-10-2007, 09:22 AM
Black to move. (Buczek-Maculewicz, 1993)
3r2k1/1b3ppp/8/1pq1p1P1/8/1QP2P1P/3rNRB1/R4K2 w - - 0 1
Solution in white-->1...Qa3!

Aaron Guthrie
02-11-2007, 05:11 PM
White to move. (Chiburdanidze-Larsen, 1993)
1r3r1k/6p1/p6p/2bpNB2/1p2n3/1P3pPQ/PBP1q2P/1K5R w - - 0 1
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)

Rincewind
02-11-2007, 05:16 PM
I very much like this mating pattern

Me too.


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. ;)

Basil
02-11-2007, 05:46 PM
Should I keep posting puzzles? (I can't tell if anyone actually reads this thread)
Please do. I appreciate them.

Aaron Guthrie
02-11-2007, 09:45 PM
Due to positive feedback, I am posting two puzzles today!

White to move. (Bauer-Gollner, 1956)
r3n3/pp2q1pk/2p1BnRp/8/2p2P2/1P5P/PB4QK/8 w - - 0 1
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#

Aaron Guthrie
06-11-2007, 02:04 PM
Black to move. (Blazej-Mikulka, 1930)
2kr2nr/ppp2ppp/2n5/4P3/QbP2Pq1/4PN2/PP2K2P/R1B2B1R b - - 0 1
Solution in white text-->1...Nxe5! 2.fxe5 Qxc4+ 3.Kf2 Be1+ 4.Kxe1 Qxa4

Rincewind
06-11-2007, 09:24 PM
Solution in white text

I was looking for a mate. :(

Basil
06-11-2007, 09:26 PM
I was looking for a mate. :(
Me too. I've tried to educate at post

Basil
06-11-2007, 09:27 PM
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.

Rincewind
06-11-2007, 09:45 PM
Me too. I tried to educate at the pseudo Andy Toh thread a week ago. To no avail. Carry on.

Maybe you would like to start a CL thread on double entendres. You never know, perhaps no one will respond.

Basil
06-11-2007, 09:54 PM
Maybe you would like to start a CL thread on double entendres.
Huh? Did I miss a segue?

You never know, perhaps no one will respond.
Stop exciting me Barry :P

Rincewind
06-11-2007, 09:59 PM
Huh? Did I miss a segue?

I thought you were making a fnar fnar comment on my, "I was looking for a mate." Sorry. Carry on.

Basil
06-11-2007, 10:03 PM
LMAO. Good work. Way over the top.

Aaron Guthrie
07-11-2007, 02:00 AM
I am from the hardcore school of not saying what type of puzzle it is. You guys are lucky you are even getting the side to move! To appease the masses, here is a mate puzzle.

White to move and mate (Bogoljubow-Khan, 1931)
8/2RR4/1r6/1k6/1p1p1nBp/1K2b3/8/8 w - - 0 1
Solution in white text-1.Rd5+! and etc. I can't be bothered writing all the variations

Basil
07-11-2007, 02:28 AM
I can't be bothered writing all the variations
Excellent! I found the first move and couldn't bothered with all the variations!

Aaron Guthrie
07-11-2007, 02:41 AM
Excellent! I found the first move and couldn't bothered with all the variations!A rare mark of harmony in an otherwise chaotic world.

Basil
07-11-2007, 02:45 AM
A rare mark of harmony in an otherwise chaotic world.
Largely attained on account of my rising above the 'masses' comment!

Aaron Guthrie
07-11-2007, 02:50 AM
Largely attained on account of my rising above the 'masses' comment!But lo, twas short lived.

I doubt that rising above the masses is mark for harmony. Up the revolution!

Aaron Guthrie
07-11-2007, 03:18 AM
To restore the harmony, watch as the people come together to work for the common good in this next.

White to move and mate-
1kbr3r/pp6/8/P1n2ppq/2N3n1/R3Q1P1/3B1P2/2R2BK1 w - - 0 1
Solution in white text-1. Qf4+ gxf4 2. Bxf4+ Ka8 3. Nb6+ axb6 4. axb6+ Na6 5. Rxc8+ Rxc8 6. Rxa6+ bxa6 7. Bg2+ Rc6 8. Bxc6#

Basil
07-11-2007, 03:25 AM
That's a goodie. Best yet perhaps - despite the suggestive nature of the start given the imminent black mate.

Capablanca-Fan
07-11-2007, 11:33 AM
Was that from a real game, or composed in the ancient manner of Stamma?

Aaron Guthrie
07-11-2007, 02:17 PM
Was that from a real game, or composed in the ancient manner of Stamma?Whoops I forgot about that bit. Yep, by Stamma.