# Talent test puzzle

Jusuh
Posers and Puzzles 17 Apr '05 16:41
1. 17 Apr '05 16:411 edit

white to play

i guess some of you have seen this before. if you have, dont post any solutions.

and try to solve this on your own...
EDIT: by the way. it took over 2 minutes for Kasparov to solve this.
2. Bowmann
Non-Subscriber
17 Apr '05 17:19
Is it Black to win? Or should we guess.
3. BigDoggProblem
17 Apr '05 17:29
Originally posted by Jusuh
[fen]3K4/kp6/p7/1P6/8/8/7P/8 w - - 0 1[/fen]

white to play

i guess some of you have seen this before. if you have, dont post any solutions.

and try to solve this on your own...
EDIT: by the way. it took over 2 minutes for Kasparov to solve this.
1.b6+! Forcing Black to promote on the a-file.
1...Kxb6 2.h4 a5 ... 6.h8Q wins.
4. 17 Apr '05 19:49
Originally posted by BigDoggProblem
1.b6+! Forcing Black to promote on the a-file.
1...Kxb6 2.h4 a5 ... 6.h8Q wins.
Well there is 1...Kb8!
5. 17 Apr '05 20:051 edit
Originally posted by ilywrin
Well there is 1...Kb8!
In fact, it is probably the main line.
Some nice stalemate cheapos there.
6. 18 Apr '05 04:56
Originally posted by THUDandBLUNDER
In fact, it is probably the main line.
Some nice stalemate cheapos there.
yes b6+! kb8! are best moves for both, but still it is whites win.
7. AThousandYoung
All My Soldiers...
18 Apr '05 07:191 edit
NM
8. 19 Apr '05 09:07
Hmmm... How unfortunate that I know this study. A really marvelous piece...
9. 19 Apr '05 12:30
wow that is simple

just get the pawn down on the right to the bottom and check mate em there...
10. 19 Apr '05 15:29
Originally posted by Jusuh
yes b6+! kb8! are best moves for both, but still it is whites win.
how does white win?
11. 19 Apr '05 15:32
Originally posted by stenersk
wow that is simple
Yes, 'wow' is simple.
12. 19 Apr '05 15:37
Originally posted by stenersk
wow that is simple

just get the pawn down on the right to the bottom and check mate em there...
COULDN'T GET IT!!!!!!!!!!
13. 19 Apr '05 20:17
Originally posted by BigDoggProblem
1.b6+! Forcing Black to promote on the a-file.
1...Kxb6 2.h4 a5 ... 6.h8Q wins.
Well I didn't spot this one at all, though Q+P vs Q+P wouldn't work. Of course writing down the moves and it does.

If
1. b6+ Kb8
2. h4 a5
3. h5 a4
4. h6 a3
5. h7 a2
6. h8=Q a1=Q

Now Qxa1 is stalemate, but rather stupidly I missed Qg8, Qf8 or Qe8. Depending on blacks next move white will soon mate.

7........ Qc1/c3
8. Kd7+ (BTW any specific algebraic symbols for a check like this?)
14. BigDoggProblem
19 Apr '05 21:54
Originally posted by Peakite
Well I didn't spot this one at all, though Q+P vs Q+P wouldn't work. Of course writing down the moves and it does.

If
1. b6+ Kb8
2. h4 a5
3. h5 a4
4. h6 a3
5. h7 a2
6. h8=Q a1=Q

Now Qxa1 is stalemate, but rather stupidly I missed Qg8, Qf8 or Qe8. Depending on blacks next move white will soon mate.

7........ Qc1/c3
8. Kd7+ (BTW any specific algebraic symbols for a check like this?)
7...Qc1/c3?? gives up too easily. Black will instead continue his theme of playing for stalemate by answering 7.Qg8 with Qa2!, etc.
15. 19 Apr '05 22:036 edits
But instead of 7... c1, can't blacks queen shuttle up and down the a column, keeping a diagonal attack on white's queen while white's queen is on row 8 - with QxQ = stalemate? I think it has to be specifically 7 Qe8

7 Qe8 Qa4
8 Qe5+ Ka8
9 Qh8
Now if black's queen moves to a1, white can take it - crucially with check, if black tries Qf4 white has Qa1 check, followed by mate.

Originally posted by Peakite
Well I didn't spot this one at all, though Q+P vs Q+P wouldn't work. Of course writing down the moves and it does.

If
1. b6+ Kb8
2. h4 a5
3. h5 a4
4. h6 a3
5. h7 a2
6. h8=Q a1=Q

Now Qxa1 is stalemate, but rather stupidlyI missed Qg8, Qf8 or Qe8. Depending on blacks next move white will soon mate.

7........ Qc1/c3
8. Kd7+ (BTW any specific algebraic symbols for a check like this?)