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  1. 21 Sep '08 23:10
    Tom Tom requested that White was to reach this position
    with White giving mate in the most attractive way possible.



    Tonight I was in my local, Sandy Bells, with my co-author
    FM Keith Ruxton. After a few blitz games and a few pints, I said;

    "let's have a go at this."

    Together we worked out an amusing and beautiful variation
    that I felt I must share with everyone on a new thread.
    (the original thread has drifted a wee bit)

    continued below...
  2. 21 Sep '08 23:11
    White to play and mate in 6



    1.Ba5 (threat Bb6 mate) 1...N3xa5
    2.Bxa5 (threat Bb6 mate) 2..Nbxa5
    3.Bxa5 (threat Bb6 mate) 3...Nxa5
    4.Bxa5 Nd7 (forced else 5.Bb6 is mate)
    5.Bb6+ Nxb6
    6.cxb6 mate

    It does not matter which Knight takes which Bishop when it
    comes to a5 the result is the same. Mate in 6.

    The field of composition can be just as rewarding as playing a beautiful combination.
    You can imagine all the fun we had adding Bishop after Bishop and Knight after Knight
    to the problem.

    OK it has few duel solutions which is not the done thing.
    But it's sound, and more to the point. It's entertaining.
  3. 22 Sep '08 01:30
    Originally posted by greenpawn34
    White to play and mate in 6

    [fen]rn6/knK5/p1n5/2P5/1B6/1nB5/3B4/4B3[/fen]

    1.Ba5 (threat Bb6 mate) 1...N3xa5
    2.Bxa5 (threat Bb6 mate) 2..Nbxa5
    3.Bxa5 (threat Bb6 mate) 3...Nxa5
    4.Bxa5 Nd7 (forced else 5.Bb6 is mate)
    5.Bb6+ Nxb6
    6.cxb6 mate

    It does not matter which Knight takes which Bishop when it
    comes to a5 the result is the same. Mat ...[text shortened]... utions which is not the done thing.
    But it's sound, and more to the point. It's entertaining.
    That is a nice one. I don't think many people would think of having four bishops of the same color in their problem.
  4. 23 Sep '08 14:03
    You'd have to be completely insane to think that one up
  5. 23 Sep '08 14:53
    redhotpawn has made me stop believing in coincedences.
  6. 23 Sep '08 15:57
    Originally posted by schakuhr
    redhotpawn has made me stop believing in coincedences.
    Care to elaborate?
  7. 23 Sep '08 16:12
    Somebody (flying a Scottish Flag) has just joined and called
    themselves greenpawn31.
  8. 23 Sep '08 18:46
    Your getting quite popular, eh, greenpawn?

    By the way, you needn't have mentioned that you had a few pints. I'm afraid it's quite obvious...