The Christmas 2015 Bloggy Thing

The Christmas 2015 Bloggy Thing

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The Christmas 2015 Bloggy Thing

Yippee it’s Christmas and just before I settle down to my Christmas Dinner.
(this year we are having D-U-C-K) I’ll go along with what everyone else does
at Christmas. A Christmas Quiz. No. Don’t go, it’s only three chess puzzles.

Usual fare. I’ll show a puzzle and then an RHP game very similar to the puzzle.

This first one is by J. Moravec composed in 1924

Every Russian schoolboy (and Russian school girl ) knows two pawns on the 6th beats a Rook.

Infact even some RHP players know this (they must have Russian blood in them)

NoFriendsPete - lord kev RHP.2014

White to play cannot prevent a pawn from Queening and resigned a few moves later.

But here in the Moravec puzzle we have two pawns not on the 6th rank but on the 7th.

Yet White to play can draw this….How?


So how does White draw this.

Some pretty nifty play there and you never know when such knowledge will come in handy.

hari1974 - michael RHP 2014

White missed a chance to use this technique to draw this game.

Sometimes a little bit of knowledge can be a very dangerous thing.

Stop opening your Christmas presents just for a moment and look at this piece of festive merriment.

loki and harley - wilbot RHP 2012

Black knows all about pawns on the 6th beating Rooks. He even gets pawns on the 7th.

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Problem No.2 is composed by Eugene B. Cook. White to play and mate in 3.

Show this one to your Christmas chums after dinner.

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Of course now the challenge is can I find something on RHP that matches this.
Well I do have two Rooks v a lone Bishop and the lone Bishop actually winning.

ehenes - KDale RHP 2011

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The last one is from a puzzle book I picked up. It a Charades Book.
You have to guess the title of the 1992 film from the picture below.

(answer at the bottom of this page.)
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And the fun continues. This game was sent to me as it has a rather unique wrap up.

Richius - andruike RHP 2014

Not many games end this way. Sit back and enjoy.

We head for Boxing Day with a game of mine which finished just a few days ago.

I’ll be getting socks, aftershave, an electrical thing for nose hair and a tie for Christmas.
But the present from DepecheMode in this game is the one I’ll be remembering this year.

greenpawn34 - DepecheMode RHP December 2014

Merry Christmas to Everyone and see you all in 2015.

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The answer to film question: ‘The Crying Game.’ Well done if you got that at home.

The thread accompanying this blog is Thread 162134

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  • Posted 1811 days 4 hours and 38 minutes ago
    "The Christmas 2015 Bloggy Thing"

    Well done GP. You patented the Dark Energy thing and got the time machine working.
  • Posted 1814 days 5 hours and 27 minutes ago
    Standard memberExuma
    :-) oof I look forward to squirming through that :-)
  • Posted 1814 days 8 hours and 1 minute ago
    Hi Exuman,

    The Next Blog - which I am already working on will be posted on the 1st January 2015.

    Thisnk I'll put one your and Kyplor losses in just to cheer to me up 🙂
  • Posted 1814 days 21 hours and 9 minutes ago
    Standard memberExuma
    Its still 2014!!!! Sorry everyone else was in correction mode, I'm a sheep
  • Posted 1816 days 10 hours and 33 minutes ago
    Standard memberbssrinivasa
    woahh! That forced draw against two pawns on 7th was great! It's for those nuggets that I look forward to your blog. Merry XMas to you and your readers.
  • Posted 1816 days 11 hours and 5 minutes ago
    Hi Kyplor,

    I just know what I do without you.

    You found the 4th part of the Chrsitmas Quiz. My spell checker let that one pass.

    And two Rooks on the 6th usually do beat a Rook.

    Corrected and Merry Chchristmas.

    Greenpawn & The Duck
  • Posted 1816 days 20 hours and 24 minutes ago
    Standard memberKyplor
    Happy Holidays! Sorry, it's me again....

    "Every Russian schoolboy...knows two Rooks on the 6th beats a Rook."

    "...knows two Pawns on the 6th beats a Rook."

    Second find
    "The last one is from a puzzle book I picked up. It a charades book."

    "It's a charades book."

    ((I know you put these errors in here just to make sure we (or someone) reads all the text.))

    Cheers and best regards,
  • Posted 1817 days 3 hours ago
    Don't do films.
    Now if you'd said a Dave Berry single from 1964.....
    Excellent as usual.I'll find that game of mine for you some day.

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