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  1. 09 Aug '13 10:30 / 1 edit
    White suddenly realises if he wins this game his grade will go higher than 1900 and as
    he wants to play in an under 1900 tourney he must lose.


    He is so far ahead in material He cannot resign without attracting attention
    to his sandbagging ways so he forces Black to mate him.
    (a study by J. R. Harman. White to play and commit sui-mate in 10 moves.)

  2. 09 Aug '13 10:52 / 1 edit
    Hi Greenpawn,

    Are you sure the study is by Harman? Richard Harman is well known for inventing a system of cataloging studies (useful for judges who wanted to check that a study was new) but I didn't know that he created any studies himself.
  3. 09 Aug '13 11:39 / 1 edit
    Hi Fat Lady.

    I took it from Assiac's The Delights of Chess (pub 1960).

    Assiac writes (page 17) R. J. Harman is a succesful solver and here
    is a sui-mate of his own inspired by Shrinkman.

    Sounds like it is the same guy.
  4. 09 Aug '13 15:13 / 1 edit
    Yes, undoubtedly the same guy. I've read that book many times but never noticed that it contained a problem by Harman.

    Shrinkman = Shinkman
  5. Standard member SwissGambit
    Caninus Interruptus
    09 Aug '13 15:37
    Ahh, a thread on Selfmates. They are probably my weakest genre for solving. But playing through solutions can be fun.

    Here's another K/P mate with two variations.

    Petko A. Petkov
    11019 Schach 06/1986


    variation 2:

  6. 10 Aug '13 14:10
    Good SG.

    But the lads on here are all expert sui-maters. They have it down to a fine art.

    sunnyday25 - SuperSweetP RHP Ch 2013

  7. Standard member hedonist
    peacedog's keeper
    10 Aug '13 14:28
    Originally posted by greenpawn34
    Good SG.

    But the lads on here are all expert sui-maters. They have it down to a fine art.

    sunnyday25 - SuperSweetP RHP Ch 2013

    [pgn]
    [FEN "2kr3r/ppp1q1pp/2nbbn2/8/1P2p3/P1PP2PP/N4PBN/R1BQ1RK1 w - - 0 15"]

    15. dxe4 {Open up the d-file so Black can play....} 15... Bxg3 16. fxg3 {Which allows White to expose his King to a check. Also the White ...[text shortened]... ave thousands of games like this on RHP. Playing over them is driving me slowly insane.}[/pgn]
    Haha what a fantastic game. Lovely stuff.😀
  8. Standard member woodypusher
    misanthrope
    10 Aug '13 17:03 / 1 edit
    Originally posted by SwissGambit
    Ahh, a thread on Selfmates. They are probably my weakest genre for solving. But playing through solutions can be fun.

    Here's another K/P mate with two variations.

    Petko A. Petkov
    11019 Schach 06/1986
    [pgn]
    [Event "Edited position"]
    [Date "2013.08.09"]
    [Round "-"]
    [White "-"]
    [Black "-"]
    [Result "0-1"]
    [FEN "3R4/Q2PkNP1/2R1P3/2p1P3 6+ Kd3 8. Bg1 { No exf2 for you. } 8... e2#
    [/pgn]
    Ahh, self-mates. I would've guessed it was your strongest genre for solving, "SwissGambit".
    😉
  9. Standard member SwissGambit
    Caninus Interruptus
    11 Aug '13 02:19
    Originally posted by woodypusher
    Ahh, self-mates. I would've guessed it was your strongest genre for solving, "SwissGambit".
    😉
    Well if it isn't woodytugger. How have you been? Miss any good jokes lately?