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  1. 17 Sep '08 21:47 / 3 edits
    We all rave about beautiful combinations and the ideas behind them.
    But the following study by A.A.Troitzky, if it occurred in a game would
    be just as famous as the Morphy at the Opera game.

    I've pulled off some good combinations in my time and some have
    even been sound. But this creation is something I could never have
    thought up. It's beautiful.

    I solved it years ago. I had to. No solution was with the original source.

    When you get it (and you will - eventually) you will feel great.

    Expert solvers will have seen it. So don't spoil the magic moment
    you will get when you solve it by looking at further posts.

    Set it up ypur board and throw the bits about to give you
    the full pleasure of the final position in the flesh.

    A classic.

    White to play and win. Enjoy.



    Hint: Don't stop following a line until you are 100% sure it's wrong.
    It took me about 30 minutes. I had it in 10 but stopped
    looking at the winning line because it was going nowhere.
  2. 17 Sep '08 21:55
    Originally posted by greenpawn34
    We all rave about beautiful combinations and the ideas behind them.
    But the following study by A.A.Troitzky, if it occurred in a game would
    be just as famous as the Morphy at the Opera game.

    I've pulled off some good combinations in my time and some have
    even been sound. But this creation is something I could never have
    thought up. It's beautiful. ...[text shortened]... utes. I had it in 10 but stopped
    looking at the winning line because it was going nowhere.
    How about everybody PM's their answers.

    As for me, I'll take a gander at it later since I'm busy at the moment and this is my last post for a bit.
  3. 17 Sep '08 21:58
    Originally posted by tomtom232
    How about everybody PM's their answers.

    As for me, I'll take a gander at it later since I'm busy at the moment and this is my last post for a bit.
    I'll believe people if they say that have solved it.

    I'll be able to tell from their reaction in the post.
    It's Mozart on the Chessboard.
  4. 17 Sep '08 22:09 / 1 edit
    I've never really liked artificial problems / studies (i.e. ones which aren't from real games), though I can appreciate them to some extent. I remember being shown this one fifteen or more years ago and I spent about two hours on it without success.
  5. 17 Sep '08 22:19
    You most likely gave up following the winning line
    like I did. Some studies are so hard - but rewarding.
    They are are from game like positions - unlike mates in two
    which I find impossible to solve.
  6. 17 Sep '08 22:19
    Originally posted by greenpawn34
    We all rave about beautiful combinations and the ideas behind them.
    But the following study by A.A.Troitzky, if it occurred in a game would
    be just as famous as the Morphy at the Opera game.

    I've pulled off some good combinations in my time and some have
    even been sound. But this creation is something I could never have
    thought up. It's beautiful. ...[text shortened]... utes. I had it in 10 but stopped
    looking at the winning line because it was going nowhere.
    its doing my head in, !
  7. 17 Sep '08 22:21
    either I was lucky, either your hint was a big help, either I have a wrong solution, but somehow I've got it really fast...(I hate that I do not have an engine right now to try my solution against it)...
  8. 17 Sep '08 22:22
    Stay with it McMorphy - the pleasure you will get from
    solving it will be wirth it.

    Had two PM's already with solutions.
    You don't have to PM me - I believe you.
    Just post and say you got it.
  9. 17 Sep '08 22:25
    Originally posted by greenpawn34
    Stay with it McMorphy - the pleasure you will get from
    solving it will be wirth it.

    Had two PM's already with solutions.
    You don't have to PM me - I believe you.
    Just post and say you got it.
    I think that that puzzle where white is able to create a fortress with pawns against some black rook that cannot penetrate is nicer
  10. 17 Sep '08 22:34
    Each to their own. You like draws - I like mates.
  11. 17 Sep '08 22:58 / 1 edit
    haha, wow, that was awesome. Thanks for telling me to keep following the line, I almost gave up without noticing it'd be mate in the next move.
  12. 23 Sep '08 01:28
    HA! I got it!! Took me about a week longer than the rest of you but I got it! Ironically Fritz 11 couldn't solve this...