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  1. 27 Jun '14 04:29 / 2 edits
    Has anyone been putting out Chess Positions for people to determine 1 or 2 or 3 moves checkmates? I have been looking through a book having such games. It is neat to see games from the past in the 1700's, 1800's and 1900's.

    It is actually giving me new ideas of how to position my pieces for things such as sacrifices. Now, if I can just perform the right positions to start with. Whatever the case, I would not be surprised if it gave me a new way to think about chess positions to try to seek after, if I had not done it before. And I would not say that I had really concentrated on such as that.

    In the book, there may have been players such as Nimzowitsch(I am not sure if the Son was included) and his Father too, Steinitz, Euwe, Lasker, Amateur(Who is this?), and others.
  2. Subscriber BigDoggProblem
    The Advanced Mind
    27 Jun '14 05:50
    Wahls-Bjarnasson, 1986
    White to move and mate in 7
  3. 27 Jun '14 08:35
    I think there was once a plan to have a puzzle of the day but nothing happened.

    So think it's time to kick one off (new thread coming).

    The amateur mention means the game may have been from
    a simultaneous display or a skittles games in a club against a member.
    Sometimes this in N.N. or A.N.Other.
  4. 28 Jun '14 14:04
    Start with Ra8+, followed by Qa1+ (black staves off for a few moves by blocking with bishops) then Qa7+ setting up the double discovered check with mate to follow with the other rook - looks good to me?
  5. Subscriber BigDoggProblem
    The Advanced Mind
    28 Jun '14 20:57 / 1 edit
    Originally posted by kbear1k
    Start with Ra8+, followed by Qa1+ (black staves off for a few moves by blocking with bishops) then Qa7+ setting up the double discovered check with mate to follow with the other rook - looks good to me?
    Heh, you're the 2300; you tell me.

    Edit: Ahem - 2400.
  6. 29 Jun '14 07:31
    Originally posted by BigDoggProblem
    Heh, you're the 2300; you tell me.

    Edit: Ahem - 2400.


    or

  7. 30 Jun '14 03:03
    Obvious - takes a human about 15-30 seconds to figure this out if you are used to similar patterns.
  8. Subscriber BigDoggProblem
    The Advanced Mind
    30 Jun '14 03:37 / 1 edit
    Originally posted by kbear1k
    Obvious - takes a human about 15-30 seconds to figure this out if you are used to similar patterns.
    Ahh, good. Back to form. You sounded unsure of yourself for a moment there.
  9. 30 Jun '14 19:20
    Originally posted by BigDoggProblem
    Wahls-Bjarnasson, 1986
    [fen]1k1r3r/1ppq2pp/3bbpn1/1p6/3NP3/4B2P/2PN1PP1/R2Q1RK1 w - - 0 18[/fen]White to move and mate in 7
    Is there a book or anything that can help someone recognize mating patterns. This is where I have issues (along with many others) in chess. I didn't see it and Ra8 wouldn't have probably occurred to me.
  10. Subscriber BigDoggProblem
    The Advanced Mind
    30 Jun '14 20:43
    Originally posted by Alsatian
    Is there a book or anything that can help someone recognize mating patterns. This is where I have issues (along with many others) in chess. I didn't see it and Ra8 wouldn't have probably occurred to me.
    There are lots of books on typical sacrifices to give mate. Look for one that has both some example games and some problems you can try on your own.