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1. 20 Dec '16 16:28

I know everyone else does one but it's Christmas,
what else am I going to do. A Happy Easter Quiz?

I would never ask you try anything I have not done myself
and the five puzzles all went across my chessboard and
I solved all five in a total time of 5-10 minutes, It is that easy.

Setting up each position is very simple, you will enjoy
showing this one to your chums down at the chess club.

The Quiz brought up a mini theme and that led to an excuse
to show a couple of Red Hot Pawn games (One blundering it).

Merry Christmas,

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2.  BigDoggProblem
20 Dec '16 17:46
Originally posted by greenpawn34
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I know everyone else does one but it's Christmas,
what else am I going to do. A Happy Easter Quiz?

I would never ask you try anything I have not done myself
and the five puzzles all went across my chessboard and
I solved all five in a total time of 5-10 minutes, It is that easy.

Setting up each position is very simple, you will ...[text shortened]... Pawn games (One blundering it).

Merry Christmas,

Blog Post 346
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Nice column, GP. The Forsberg help mate is a classic.

The example help mate is cooked, e.g.:

3.  BigDoggProblem
20 Dec '16 18:08
Here's a sound h#2 with a wN promotion, though my limited composing skill is showing with the ugly h6 Rook:

The h6 Rook is needed to stop cooks:

4. 20 Dec '16 19:50
Hi Big Dog.

Not surprised my effort was cooked (multiple solutions). I'm just glad
I got the term correct. On another day I would have called it Self Mate.

Good how each puzzle has a different solution for each piece. The placing
of the White king is crucial, it's not just been placed on the board out of the way.

Help Mate = Black helps White to mate to Black.

Self Mate = White forces Black to Mate White.

RHP Mate = One player checkmates another player by accident.
(I know for sure that a few accidental mates have happened.)
5.  BigDoggProblem
20 Dec '16 20:31
Originally posted by greenpawn34
Hi Big Dog.

Not surprised my effort was cooked (multiple solutions). I'm just glad
I got the term correct. On another day I would have called it Self Mate.

Good how each puzzle has a different solution for each piece. The placing
of the White king is crucial, it's not just been placed on the board out of the way.

Help Mate = Black helps White ...[text shortened]... es another player by accident.
(I know for sure that a few accidental mates have happened.)
Yes...wK on g4 stops a few cooks.

It is a brilliant composition. It is far harder to make a problem like that than most realize, because of the soundness requirement. And Forsberg did it before computer testing was available.
6. 21 Dec '16 14:25
it reminded me of another famous problem/study.
(it's that famous I cannot re-call all the details and I'm at work.)

It's that one where it is a mate in five but a bullet hits a piece removing
it from the board, so it's now a mate in 4, another bullet, another piece goes,
it is now a mate in three etc...etc..

I remember I spent an hour creating a puzzle where White forces Black
to create a Cross on the chessboard. You are playing Dracula and that is
the only way to win. I put it in my Magazine only to discover I had been
gazumped (anticipated) by 30-40 years.

Recently stumbled upon this game:

Nikola Nestorovic - Milko Popchev, Serbia Chess League 2008.

The White Bishops go to h6 and a6 and a Black Bishop goes to h3
the Black DSB does not go to a3 but sacs itself on c3. Wonderful.

7.  BigDoggProblem
21 Dec '16 22:27 / 1 edit
Originally posted by greenpawn34
it reminded me of another famous problem/study.
(it's that famous I cannot re-call all the details and I'm at work.)

It's that one where it is a mate in five but a bullet hits a piece removing
it from the board, so it's now a mate in 4, another bullet, another piece goes,
it is now a mate in three etc...etc..

I remember I spent an hour creatin ...[text shortened]... c3 bc3 16. Ba6 Qe3 17. Be3 Ra6 18. Kb1 Bh3 19. Nd4 Rb6 20. Nb3 Rb3 21. cb3 Bf5 22. Kc1 Ra8[/pgn]
That game is like a task chess problem. Nice find!

The "Turkish Bullet" problem you are thinking of was Loyd's.

White mates in 3
b) a bullet shatters wNe1; mate in 4 now.
c) a 2nd bullet destroys wPh2; mate in 5 now.
8. 21 Dec '16 23:37
Yeah, that's the one, Thanks.