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Posers and Puzzles

Posers and Puzzles

  1. 01 Feb '07 08:46 / 1 edit


    white to play and draw. I composed this puzzle years ago, but did some modifications (made it bit harder) today. i think and hope that there is only one solution, but if you find more please inform me.

    please dont post the solution right away. EDIT: And do not use Fritz!
  2. 01 Feb '07 10:27
    Originally posted by Jusuh
    EDIT: And do not use Fritz![/b]
    I don't have Fritz.
  3. 01 Feb '07 15:26
    Originally posted by GinoJ
    I don't have Fritz.
    good for you.
  4. 01 Feb '07 16:51
    Originally posted by Jusuh
    [fen]3q1b2/P7/2k5/p1p1p1p1/PpP1PpPR/NP3P2/4pK2/8 w - - 0 1[/fen]

    white to play and draw. I composed this puzzle years ago, but did some modifications (made it bit harder) today. i think and hope that there is only one solution, but if you find more please inform me.

    please dont post the solution right away. EDIT: And do not use Fritz!
    Here is my version of your position (White to draw again). (Perhaps with a few more improvements this idea may acquire the form it deserves):
  5. 01 Feb '07 17:07 / 1 edit
    Yes. thats nice too. first I thought there are two solutions, but there aren't.

    EDIT: in fact, did you consider that white can promote a bishop too?
  6. 01 Feb '07 23:16 / 1 edit
    Doh! I missed that...I will think some more on different starting position...
  7. Subscriber BigDoggProblem
    The Advanced Mind
    02 Feb '07 00:00 / 1 edit
    Originally posted by ilywrin
    Here is my version of your position (White to draw again). (Perhaps with a few more improvements this idea may acquire the form it deserves):
    [fen]3b4/3qP3/6k1/p1p1p1p1/PpP1PpPR/1P2NP2/3pK3/8 w - - 0 1[/fen]
    I'm not crazy about the heavy-handed wR sacrificing in these versions. Perhaps something a bit more minimal might make a good impression:


    White draws
  8. 02 Feb '07 02:53
    Originally posted by GinoJ
    I don't have Fritz.
    what's friz?
  9. 02 Feb '07 07:41
    Originally posted by BigDoggProblem
    I'm not crazy about the heavy-handed wR sacrificing in these versions. Perhaps something a bit more minimal might make a good impression:

    [fen]5k2/8/2pNp1p1/1pP1PpPp/1P3P2/8/1K6/8 w - - 0 1[/fen]
    White draws
    That's actually pretty good :-). If some more foreplay is added, it'll make a really hard study. I'll think about it but that is definitely a shot in the right direction.
  10. 02 Feb '07 08:52 / 2 edits
    A bit more in that direction (though I have not really checked it, but it seems correct to me):
    White to draw:
  11. 02 Feb '07 14:01


    involving promotion.
  12. 02 Feb '07 14:31
    Originally posted by Jusuh
    [fen]3bn3/2k2Pr1/1p1p1p2/pPpP1Pp1/2PpK1P1/3P3P/8/8 w - - 0 1 [/fen]

    involving promotion.
    Why do you need the pawn at h3? This is interesting, I will consider it. I was thinking of adding black bishop on "f7" in my variation of BigDogg's position, but alas Black wins, there. Your idea of underpromotion is rather good.
  13. 02 Feb '07 14:37
    Originally posted by ilywrin
    Why do you need the pawn at h3? This is interesting, I will consider it. I was thinking of adding black bishop on "f7" in my variation of BigDogg's position, but alas Black wins, there. Your idea of underpromotion is rather good.
    without the h3-pawn, white can promote to a queen on f8, and then move his queen to h8 and then h1 and stop the a-pawn. dont know if thats still winning for black, but its definitely more complicated.
  14. Subscriber BigDoggProblem
    The Advanced Mind
    03 Feb '07 07:41
    Originally posted by Jusuh
    [fen]3bn3/2k2Pr1/1p1p1p2/pPpP1Pp1/2PpK1P1/3P3P/8/8 w - - 0 1 [/fen]

    involving promotion.
    Trouble here is that the key move, 1.fxe8=N+, is too brutal and obvious. Any other piece gets extinguished by 1...Re7+ in response, so promoting to N is the only real option.