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  1. 25 Oct '09 12:17
    Genuine competition with a mega morphy prize.

    http://www.chessedinburgh.co.uk/chandlerarticle.php?ChandID=375
  2. Subscriber Paul Leggett
    Chess Librarian
    25 Oct '09 15:53
    Originally posted by greenpawn34
    Genuine competition with a mega morphy prize.

    http://www.chessedinburgh.co.uk/chandlerarticle.php?ChandID=375
    Just in case anyone would erroneously consider the position to be a little unreal, here is a win for Morphy that has the relevant king and pawns position right in the game:



    But wait! There's more! Here's Morphy again as white with the same king and pawn position, but the score is very unMorphy-like- but notice that he has granted Queen's Knight odds!!:

  3. Standard member clandarkfire
    Grammar Nazi
    25 Oct '09 17:57
    Originally posted by greenpawn34
    Genuine competition with a mega morphy prize.

    http://www.chessedinburgh.co.uk/chandlerarticle.php?ChandID=375
    For the puzzle:
    what if morphy played 18...Bxf2

    Could one of my moves be Bxf2?

    In other words, if Morphy played the move as black, could the puzzle still include it?
  4. Standard member clandarkfire
    Grammar Nazi
    25 Oct '09 18:30 / 4 edits
    Here my try at it:



    White plays 1. Nf5 as in Morphy vs James McConnell New Orleans 1949. Interestingly, while this move is winning here, it was losing in that game. (Morphy still won, but his opponent had a chance to win. (He could have played 13...Qb4+)

    Now black can play 1...Bb7 or 1...Ba6 or 1....Ke7.

    Both lose to 2.Nxd6#, as in 35.Nxd6 Morphy vs. Daniel Harrwitz, London 1858


    Game one: http://www.chessgames.com/perl/chessgame?gid=1266654

    Game two: http://www.jsegor.com/chess/analysis/Philidor%20Defense/Morphy%20vs%20Harrwitz%20M35%20Nxd6%201%200.htm

    Both are beautiful games of chess
  5. 25 Oct '09 18:38
    Did you see any White Bishops in the corner on that picture? Look more carefully
  6. Standard member clandarkfire
    Grammar Nazi
    25 Oct '09 18:44 / 1 edit
    The conditions said So using the above position as a base. Construct for me a White to play and mate in 2 position. From what I understand, you are supposed to add pieces.

    The example given added a rook that would have been seen in the picture.
  7. 25 Oct '09 22:19
    Hi

    Clandarkfire has it correct. You can add pieces of any colour anywhere but the
    Black King and pawns must be in the original postion.

    Good try clandarkfire, best so far. (I've had 3).

    HeinzKat I'm expecting something extra special from you in this competition.

    Closing date 1st. November.
  8. 26 Oct '09 12:43 / 1 edit
    I have never composed a decent #2... yet.
  9. Standard member SwissGambit
    Caninus Interruptus
    28 Oct '09 20:35

    #2

    http://www.chessgames.com/perl/chessgame?gid=1281986
    http://www.chessgames.com/perl/chesslike.pl?gid=1227772
    http://www.chessgames.com/perl/chesslike.pl?gid=1238149
    http://www.chessgames.com/perl/chessgame?gid=1288482

    I wouldn't have even attempted this without google.
  10. 28 Oct '09 21:04
    Morphy resigned one move after playing the key move, you can do better than that
  11. Standard member SwissGambit
    Caninus Interruptus
    28 Oct '09 21:24 / 1 edit
    Originally posted by heinzkat
    Morphy resigned one move after playing the key move, you can do better than that
    Morphy's losing moves win when *I* play them.
  12. Standard member clandarkfire
    Grammar Nazi
    28 Oct '09 22:58
    Originally posted by SwissGambit
    Morphy's [b]losing moves win when *I* play them. [/b]
    On the other hand, that position of yours isn't a mate in two...But I guess thats just a formality
  13. 28 Oct '09 22:59
    How is it no mate in two?
  14. Standard member clandarkfire
    Grammar Nazi
    28 Oct '09 23:01
    Originally posted by heinzkat
    How is it no mate in two?
    1.Rxd6...a6
    2.???
  15. Standard member SwissGambit
    Caninus Interruptus
    28 Oct '09 23:02
    Originally posted by clandarkfire
    1.Rxd6...a6
    2.???
    1.Rxd6 is not the correct first move.

    3 demerits!