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Posers and Puzzles

Posers and Puzzles

  1. 04 Dec '05 14:12

    White to play and mate in 4
    composed by Joseph C.J. Wainwright (circa 1901)
  2. 04 Dec '05 16:20
    Originally posted by aging blitzer
    [fen]8/2p3p1/8/2p1p1p1/2p1k1p1/2P3P1/3RK3/5R2 w - - 0 1[/fen]
    White to play and mate in 4
    composed by Joseph C.J. Wainwright (circa 1901)
    Nice! Black is in zugzwang.

    1.Rdd1!
  3. 04 Dec '05 16:58
    Originally posted by fetofs
    Nice! Black is in zugzwang.

    1.Rdd1!
    correct, but then what?
  4. 04 Dec '05 17:02
    Originally posted by aging blitzer
    correct, but then what?
    It's pretty straightforward: Black will have to move one of its pawns, then its king:

    1...c6 2.Rd6 g6 3. Kf2! (avoiding an stalemate) Kf5 4. Ke3#

    If 1...g6 White proceeds in a similar way, symetrically.