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  1. Standard member Ravello
    The Rude©
    27 Dec '05 14:09 / 2 edits
    Here are some simple excercises I found in an old italian chess book : I know they are quite simple and they are aimed at beginners like me,however it is fun to try solve them quickly.

    :white #2


    Sorry for the multiple posting,seems that I can't post more boards in a single post.
  2. Standard member Ravello
    The Rude©
    27 Dec '05 14:10 / 1 edit
    Here are some simple excercises I found in an old italian chess book : I know they are quite simple and they are aimed at beginners like me,however it is fun to try solve them quickly.

    white #2
  3. Standard member Ravello
    The Rude©
    27 Dec '05 14:14
    white #2
  4. 27 Dec '05 14:46
    ... interesting ... as they say "the pawn is mightier than the sword".
  5. Subscriber Marinkatomb
    wotagr8game
    27 Dec '05 14:48
    Originally posted by Ravello
    Here are some simple excercises I found in an old italian chess book : I know they are quite simple and they are aimed at beginners like me,however it is fun to try solve them quickly.

    :white #2 [fen]kbK5/pp6/1P6/8/8/8/8/R7 w - - 0 1[/fen]

    Sorry for the multiple posting,seems that I can't post more boards in a single post.
    Ra6!!
  6. Subscriber Marinkatomb
    wotagr8game
    27 Dec '05 14:49
    Originally posted by Ravello
    Here are some simple excercises I found in an old italian chess book : I know they are quite simple and they are aimed at beginners like me,however it is fun to try solve them quickly.

    white #2 [fen]8/8/7p/5Kpk/8/7P/6P1/8 w - - 0 1[/fen]
    g3!!
  7. Subscriber Marinkatomb
    wotagr8game
    27 Dec '05 14:53
    Originally posted by Ravello
    white #2 [fen]8/8/Q2p4/3k4/3P1p2/2P5/2K1P3/5B2 w - - 0 1[/fen]
    Bh3 ..Ke4
    Qd3+ ..Kd5
    Bd7! ..g3 (only move)
    c4#

    Nice puzzles, more..MORE!!!
  8. Standard member Ravello
    The Rude©
    27 Dec '05 17:14
    Ok James,the first two are correct :exercise #1:1.Ra6,any bishop move 2.Rxa7#......exercise 2 : 1.g3,g4 2.hxg4#.........but you missed the third one!
    Your initial Bh3 doesn't force anything,the right one is the queen sac Qc4+,then if ...Kxc4 2.e4#,if 1....Ke4 2.Qe6#
  9. Standard member Ravello
    The Rude©
    27 Dec '05 17:18
    Here is another couple exercises,this is #4: white #3
  10. Subscriber Marinkatomb
    wotagr8game
    27 Dec '05 17:19
    Originally posted by Ravello
    Ok James,the first two are correct :exercise #1:1.Ra6,any bishop move 2.Rxa7#......exercise 2 : 1.g3,g4 2.hxg4#.........but you missed the third one!
    Your initial Bh3 doesn't force anything,the right one is the queen sac Qc4+,then if ...Kxc4 2.e4#,if 1....Ke4 2.Qe6#
    Bh3 does force something!! Black can chose to lose his f-pawn or move his King. Bh3 covers one of the flight squares for the king, leaving him only one on e4. The Queen sac is much more elegant though
  11. 27 Dec '05 17:19 / 2 edits
    Originally posted by Ravello
    white #2 [fen]8/8/Q2p4/3k4/3P1p2/2P5/2K1P3/5B2 w - - 0 1[/fen]
    It was supposed to be mate in 2, not mate in 4!

    The correct solution is surely 1.Qc4+ Kxc4 (1.. Ke4 2.Qe6 Mate) 2.e4 Mate

    Edit - Too slow again! Ravello posted the solution before me.
  12. Standard member Ravello
    The Rude©
    27 Dec '05 17:20
    ......and #5 : white #3
  13. Standard member Ravello
    The Rude©
    27 Dec '05 17:24
    Originally posted by David Tebb
    It was supposed to be mate in 2, not mate in 4!

    The correct solution is surely 1.Qc4+ Kxc4 (1.. Ke4 2.Qe6 Mate) 2.e4 Mate
    Of course you're right,after some other simple exercises I'm sure there will be some interesting ones,even for a very strong player like you.
    There are some amazing DelRio's compositions too......
  14. Standard member Freddie2008
    9 Edits
    27 Dec '05 17:45
    Originally posted by Ravello
    ......and #5 : white #3 [fen]8/8/8/8/p7/3N4/2K5/k7 w - - 0 1[/fen]
    Are you sure that's right? If it is, I am very...very confused!
  15. Standard member Ravello
    The Rude©
    27 Dec '05 17:52
    Originally posted by Freddie2006
    Are you sure that's right? If it is, I am very...very confused!
    Of course it is right,you just need to think about it a little more,not all solutions spring instantly if not they would be too easy!
    By the way nice username change,it was about time!