Originally posted by adam warlock
So will one of you three guys give us patzers some guidelines on how to pose and solve one of these problems? If that has already been done a link to thread would be nice too.
As I'm a PG 'patzer' (not sure of the word) too, I have some tips how even I could find some PGs!
1) Take the starting position, and look what pieces have moved, the minimum amount of moves they must have made in order to have reached their final position, and a possible 'line' towards that square, i.e. for this problem it'd be something like this
Counting gives 14 moves. White MUST play these moves (not exactly these moves, there might be other squares that are visited, but the numbers are right) in some order and has reached the final position then.
Ra8-1 (O-O-O and then Rd6)
Counting gives 14 moves too. So now it's about finding the right order. I.e. Black must have played c7-c5 before Nb8-c6 and must have played Bf8-c5-d4 before c7-c5. Also White's Bf8 must have been played after Rh8-d8. And must not have interfered with Black's castling Queenside. Etc. etc...
Then you get frustrated, since you can't find a way to the solution, and even more frustrated, and then finally it all seems so simple and you have found the solution!
Well that has been my method, other suggestions are more than welcome.