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e4

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Featuring again our new Hero RookMan..
This week he faces BishopGirl.

A super study by Karl (Leonid) Kubbel.

A look at Loose Pieces and a trip into the Hall of Horror where White
plays two of the most natural looking moves on the board and is checkmated.

All the games come from 2015

Blog 4

rain

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Originally posted by greenpawn34
Featuring again our new Hero RookMan..
This week he faces BishopGirl.

A super study by Karl (Leonid) Kubbel.

A look at Loose Pieces and a trip into the Hall of Horror where White
plays two of the most natural looking moves on the board and is checkmated.

All the games come from 2015

Blog 4
Greenpawn, I have a question regarding Karl Kubbel's puzzle. On black's second move, why doesn't black continue pushing the A pawn? Bxd4 covers the A square, but C3 should stop that, right?

DF

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White simply won't play c3 - he'll just leave the bishop attacking the queening square and then win with his two protected passed pawns at his leisure.
e.g.

e4

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Yeah once the Bishop covers a1 the win is straightforward.
However there is one silly line..........



tejus - Number 6 RHP 2015 Game 11119320


White played 60.Kc5. Stalemate.

DF

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I thought of another possible but implausible line after I posted. Something like this:

rain

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Originally posted by Data Fly
White simply won't play c3 - he'll just leave the bishop attacking the queening square and then win with his two protected passed pawns at his leisure.
e.g.
[pgn]
[FEN "3N4/8/K7/3k2B1/3p4/p7/2PP4/8 w - - 0 1"]
[SetUp "1"]

{--------------
. . . N . . . .
. . . . . . . .
K . . . . . . .
. . . k . . B .
. . . p . . . .
p . . . . . . .
. . P P . . ...[text shortened]... --------------}
1. Nc6 Kxc6 2. Bf6 a2 3. Bxd4 Kd5 4. Ba1 Kc4 5. d4 Kd5 6. Kb6 Kd6 7. c4
[/pgn]
Somehow I got my colors mixed. Was thinking those white pawns were blacks, for some reason. Some sort of color dyslexia?

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Hi Vivify,

It's OK.. What is worrying is how me and DataFly are quite adept
at finding ways to screw this study up. It's a knack we have.

rain

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Why doesn't black simply play Kd5 after capturing the knight?

DF

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That's the whole point of the study and what transforms it from a tricky problem where you've got to try and calculate how to stop what looks like an unstoppable pawn into a work of genius:



Black gets his queen but is checkmated in the middle of the board! No-one saw that coming!

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