Solutions and New Problems

Solutions and New Problems

SG's puzzle torture camp

Solutions and New Problems

We interrupt our regular scheduled programming to bring solutions to the previous puzzles and new ones for solving.


What is white's best move?
1.e5, of course, smashing open the center to get to the black king.
Solved: Thomaster


Mate in one
Black has no possible last move. Therefore, it is black to play with the following variations:
1...Kxf5 2.Qg5
1...Kxd5 2.Qg5
1...f6 2.Qxe6
This one went unsolved.

New problems for solving:

White mates in 2
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White mates in 4
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White selfmates in 5 [white forces unwilling black to give mate]
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Apply to be a guard at torture camp!
Test: Construct a torturous "white mates in 2" problem with the following exact solution:
1.dxc7! (threat 2.dxc6🙄
Defenses:
1...Nf7 2.Qh4
1...Ne4 2.Ne2
1...Ne6 2.dxe6
1...Ne7 2.Qxh8
1...Nf6 2.Qxf6
1...cxd5 2.Qxd5

The new position will go to the one who gives the most economical [fewest pieces on board] position.

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Comments (13)

  • Posted 3403 days 3 hours and 53 minutes ago
    Standard memberUries
    the 4th one: 1. Ba6 pxp
    2. Bb5 pxp
    3. Bc4 pxp
    (and so on in this vein until mate)
    but I had seen it before :
  • Posted 3403 days 23 hours and 56 minutes ago
    Standard memberrugleg
    think I have the mate in two, sent you a pm, fingers crossed 🙂
  • Posted 3405 days 9 hours and 58 minutes ago
    Standard membergolfer1
    Got the selfmate. Very nice.
  • Posted 3408 days 18 hours and 32 minutes ago
    Standard memberThomaster
    Oooo! I got it. Haha, I love this. 🙂
  • Posted 3408 days 19 hours and 26 minutes ago
    Standard memberSwissGambit
    Hi GP-

    I'm sure you'll get the #2 and #4 easily enough. The selfmate in 5 is not really that hard, which is why I picked it. I don't really like selfmates much either, but this one has a clever solution.

    The reconstruction problem must not be all THAT hard - someone has already sent a correct problem.
  • Posted 3409 days 3 hours and 26 minutes ago
    Subscribergreenpawn34
    Everyone PM the solutions to me so I can PM
    them to SG and look clever.

    The #2 I should get as I used to do them all the time.
    The #4 I'll enjoy solving as near game like.

    Will try Self-Mate but not my pref.

    And I'm going to do my hardest to ignore the composition.
    I tried one of these before and it did my nut in.

    (though already I am thinking about not doing something this
    afternoon to have a look at it...damn you).

    Perhaps to make it clearer to the new guys
    you should have added the tries must end in mate.

    1...Nf7 2.Qh4 Mate
    1...Ne4 2.Ne2 Mate
    1...Ne6 2.dxe6 Mate
    1...Ne7 2.Qxh8 Mate
    1...Nf6 2.Qxf6 Mate
    1...cxd5 2.Qxd5 Mate

    SG that is hard....🙁
  • Posted 3409 days 3 hours and 35 minutes ago
    Standard memberWillzzz
    Oh LOL I thought both sets of pawns were going up the board 😛
  • Posted 3409 days 17 hours and 4 minutes ago
    Standard memberSwissGambit
    @willz - doesn't quite work.

    @everyone - please PM solutions so that others can solve.
  • Posted 3409 days 19 hours and 33 minutes ago
    Standard memberThomaster
    I solved the second one! 🙂
  • Posted 3409 days 20 hours and 7 minutes ago
    Standard memberThomaster
    Didn't mean they actually are simple.
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